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2 Million Dead Fish Chesapeake Bay

January 6, 2011

More disturbing news on dead fish this week. Along with global reports of massive birds found dead, there are also reports of massive fish deaths. Last September 2010, there was another dead fish incident off New Jersey shoreline — reports stated no poison found and suspected low oxygen levels killed the fish. The strange part is seagulls did not eat the fish, normally a prime opportunity — they stayed away.

MSNBC Reports:

Millions of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay over the past week, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Officials are investigating the fish kill but say that according to preliminary results the cause was likely stress from unusually cold water temperatures.

“Our theory is that it was a very rapid temperature drop,” MDE spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said. “Obviously, these are fish that are susceptible to very cold temperatures.”

Surface water temperatures reached about 0.5 degrees Celcius in December, the coldest on record in 25 years of monitoring, according to data from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Bay Program.

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