Overwhelmed: "Millions" of dead fish wash ashore in Florida -- "It irritated my throat"; Many different species (PHOTOS)


Low oxygen likely cause of fish kill near Sebastian Inlet, Scripps News, February 8, 2011

Masses of dead fish on the west side of the Sebastian Inlet State Park probably died of oxygen starvation, according to state officials.

Now researchers are trying to determine whether that was because of a proliferation of algae, a microscopic marine plant that can suck up oxygen, said Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the state's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. ...

Now the smell of decaying fish is so strong "it irritated my throat," said Vero Beach resident Mary-Frances Womack, who went to the inlet at 6:30 a.m. ...

[T]hey were "overwhelmed by what we saw," [Womack's brother Ricky] Branan said. Womack and her brother described the number of fish as being in the millions, , emphasizing the "m" in "millions."

See photos of several different types of dead fish and starfish here and here.

3 comments to Overwhelmed: "Millions" of dead fish wash ashore in Florida -- "It irritated my throat"; Many different species (PHOTOS)

  • kingfish33919

    Is a lack of oxygen a possible explanation. This is the East Coast, forty miles south of Cape Canaveral. I don't know the science here but it doesn't make sense.

  • xdrfox

    I don't think it was the fish smell that irritated his throat !

  • IMHO, the photo's are staged. I think it's nothing more than -- well, an analogy would be -- like a childs toy ducky.

    The fish look unreal and the geography looks unreal. There's no blo*d to speak of, the eyes are not dull and clouded -- the whole mess look likes a mass of rubber fish.

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