Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Millions of dead fish in Redondo Beach, California

This is what millions of dead fish floating in a harbour looks like:
Pretty shocking huh?
This happened at Kings Harbour, in Redondo Beach California over the last day Fish, including anchovies, sardines and mackerel were floating lifeless in Basins 1 and 2 of the north side of the Harbour.

"There’s basically fish everywhere you go in the harbor," said the harbor's assistant manager, Jason McMullin, who added that there were reports that a red tide which is a naturally occurring bloom of toxic algae that can poison fish or starve them of oxygen, may have driven the fish into the harbor in massive numbers where they died because of limited oxygen.

Water testing and examination of the dead fish helped scientists rule out that an algal bloom cycle known as a red tide caused the die-off, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game.

“Every indication is that this is a naturally occurring event,” he said. “It’s just a mess. It’s going to smell for a while, but the city’s doing a great job with the cleanup.”


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