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California: 70,000 Fish Turn Up Dead In Marina Del Rey


NBC Los Angeles – “Authorities are trying to determine what caused tens of thousands of fish to turn up dead in the waters off Marina del Rey over the weekend.

The first report came in just after 9 p.m. Saturday at the A-Basin in the 13000 block of Tahiti Way, officials said. When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, they discovered an estimated 70,000 dead anchovies floating in the water, along with other sea life, including sting rays and angel sharks.

It was not immediately known what caused the fish to die and wash up to the basin. A bait fish expert told NBC4 that Saturday night’s low tide combined with low oxygen levels may have been the cause of the massive die off.

‘Inside the marina here you have the sea walls that make it a confined space, so there’s only a certain amount of oxygen in the water immediate to the fish,’ said bait expert Mike Spears. ‘It was a low tide, which means the water was going out, nothing was coming in from the ocean, so it was just stale water and they just suffocated in it, and everything around them suffocated, too.’

Matthew King of Heal the Bay said the weather may be to blame.” Read more.

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  1. 05/20/2014 at 11:26 PM

    Reblogged this on just2bwise.

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  2. 05/20/2014 at 11:28 PM

    This is NOT all that unusual as we are in the midst of an El Nino…right! Well, along with El Nino’s, come “Red Tides!” These Red Tides kill off thousands of fish all the time. It’s simply a matter of “where” they eventually wash-up on shore…that’s all!

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