On Monday WGNO New Orleans reported "Hundreds of thousands of dead fish at Bayou Chaland." The report noted that, "oil is visible in some of these pictures."
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said to WWL, "This is different because usually the kills happen to only one or two species of fish." Many species were observed dead including crab, sting ray, eel, drum, speckled trout and red fish. A whale was also reported to have died.
Nungesser added "There is no testing going on to determine if it’s from the oil spill."
And according to the AP, "Plaquemines Parish officials have asked state wildlife experts to investigate... Parish officials say the fish were found in an area that has been impacted by oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico."
The Times Picayune is now reporting oil sightings in surrounding Bay Chaland:
- Thursday, heavy tar found 6 to 8 inches under the sand 0.95 mile west of the entrance to Chaland Pass.[Failed to specify size of tar]
- Thursday, heavy tar 30 yards long by 6 feet found 4 inches under the sand 3.2 miles east of the entrance to Chaland Pass.
- Monday, Oil patty, 4 feet in diameter and 4 inches thick, 0.95 miles west of Chaland Pass.