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  • (dramatic music)

  • - [Narrator] To date, scientists have found

  • over 925,000 species of insects.

  • And there is one man still determined to find more.

  • (triumphant orchestral music)

  • Meet Dr. Isaí.

  • He is an entomologist, but he doesn't always work

  • in your typical lab.

  • - [Isaí] That's right.

  • - [Narrator] He tracks to the Patagonian ice fields

  • searching for new insect species that have been hiding

  • for over 200 million years.

  • - [Isaí] Due to the frigid and drastically changing climate,

  • there is very little information on the insects

  • that inhabit the area.

  • Every day is different for me.

  • I'm looking for creatures smaller than my pinky nail,

  • so I'm always searching for the tiniest indication

  • of any insect life.

  • - [Narrator] This year, Isaí stumbled upon

  • a new pool of water among the vegetation.

  • - [Isaí] It's there that I found something

  • that I've never seen before.

  • The coloration on the bottom of the insect

  • varying from other species.

  • - [Narrator] Isaí took the insect back to his lab

  • and ended up making history.

  • - [Isaí] Discovering this new species

  • was the most amazing thing.

  • It felt as though all of my hard work had paid off.

  • I couldn't wait to share it with the rest of the world.

  • - [Narrator] This only motivated Isaí further.

  • But in order to be successful in his search for new species,

  • he's needed some other unexpected skills.

  • Sometimes, I feel like I'm an extreme athlete.

  • I usually carry over 80 pounds on my back.

  • I take my microscopes, my cameras, vials

  • and anything else I might need

  • to document these expeditions.

  • - [Narrator] It's also extremely important to Isaí

  • that he's able to get to each new location

  • with a low carbon footprint.

  • - [Isaí] I always manage to bike, hike, swim or raft.

  • - [Narrator] But climate change and shifting conditions

  • can also make his work extremely dangerous.

  • - [Isaí] Melting glaciers can sometimes cause

  • an outburst flood, which could be fatal if I'm not prepared.

  • And if I'm not wearing my protective gear,

  • my skin could burn just from being exposed to the

  • freezing water for more than 10 seconds.

  • - [Narrator] Isaí feels it is not only his mission,

  • but his responsibility to continue this work.

  • With more than 40 possible species under review,

  • Isaí has no plans of slowing down.

  • - [Isaí] I'm working against the clock

  • because the homes of these insects are rapidly disappearing

  • due to climate change and human impact.

  • I hope to continue studying them and to discover their

  • hidden worlds before our biodiversity is changed forever.

  • (music)

(dramatic music)


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未発見の昆虫を求めて (In Search of Undiscovered Insects)

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    許大善 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日