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PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) – A mass of dead fish covering a half-mile-wide area has washed up on the beach in Pawleys Island. Marine experts have told Pawleys Island Police Chief Michael Fanning that theyMore >>
A mass of dead fish covering a half-mile-wide area has washed up on the beach in Pawleys Island.More >>
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – As many as a million dead fish are floating in the waters of North Inlet, near Georgetown, a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources official said. He believes the fish were killed due to low oxygen in the water.
The early indications from the samples taken so far indicate that the fish kill is the result of low dissolved oxygen in the water, which has to do with an environmental condition called hypoxia, according to Phil Maier with the SCDNR.
Maier said he believes the massive fish kill happened sometime overnight, in the early morning heading into Thursday, due to a low tide in the estuary. It appears the fish got caught in a pocket of water when the tide was changing.
The fish will not pose a threat to wildlife as they decompose, Maier believes, because they will be spread out.
WMBF News went out on the water with DNR Regional Biologist Dean Cain as he surveyed the site.
"The uniqueness of this is it's really pretty large and there
were hundreds of thousands of menhaden killed in a very short amount of time," added Cain. "Naturally its ok but something happened to reduce that
oxygen just below the threshold or where the menhaden couldn't tolerate it they
just simply suffocated."
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