Thousands dead in Jacksonville fish kill — “Blood cells burst when tainted water is sucked into their gills”


'Golden algae' is cause of Hanna Park fish deaths, Florida Times-Union, March 23, 2011:

Algae that can rupture blood cells in fish is being blamed for deaths of thousands of fish at a lake in Jacksonville's Hanna Park. ...

[I]t can be deadly for fish, whose blood cells burst when tainted water is sucked into their gills.

[T]he lake is a short distance from the oceanfront...

The fish deaths have some similarity to kills that happened last summer in several parts of the St. Johns. In those cases, redfish and some other species also died after blood cells ruptured, a process called hemolysis.

Read the report here.

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