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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Thousands of fish have turned up dead at the mouth of Mississippi River, prompting authorities to check whether oil was the cause of mass death, local media reports said Monday.
"By our estimates there were thousands, and I'm talking about 5,000 to 15,000 dead fish," St Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro was quoted as saying in a statement.
As of August 20th, 2010, thousands of dead fish started washing up along the shore of Pensacola Beach.
While several oil soaked animals have been found as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this is the first time that such a large amount of fish have washed up dead.
The small, silver fish appeared to be baitfish. Dead carcasses of the creatures stretched on for miles.
BP Plc’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be exacerbating a natural phenomenon that causes fish, crabs, eels and shrimp to swarm the shoreline to escape oxygen-depleted sea waters.
Called “jubilees” by locals because of the opportunity to scoop up seafood in buckets, they typically appear during the summer along the Gulf Coast. This year, scientists say jubilees have occurred in open water for the first time, raising concern that low-oxygen areas are expanding because of the more than 4 million barrels of oil BP’s Macondo well leaked into the Gulf.
A group of scientists said in a memo made public Aug. 16 that as much as 79 percent of BP’s leaked crude remains in the Gulf, challenging an Obama administration assessment that the oil is mostly gone.
St. Bernard Parish authorities have reported a large fish kill at the mouth of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, but state wildlife officials say it does not appear to be directly related to oil from the BP leak.
Randy Pausina, head fisheries biologist for the state, said Department of Wildlife and Fisheries workers are investigating the fish kill and that the initial conclusion is that it was caused by low levels of oxygen in the water.
Originally posted by nikiano
What a pathetic bunch of journalists we have today.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Dear concerned readers:
It has come to our attention that a large school of fish after being involved in an alternative religious cult similiar to Jonestown and Heavens Gate have killed themselves.
While an investigation is still under way, it appears that the leader of these fish, was concerned that a scheduled visit by a U.S. Congressmen who represented the district where the family of one of the cult's fish was originally from was coming to conduct an investigation regarding fish not being able to leave the cult.
So the fish leader using his amazing cult control powers prepared several vats of air, and directed all the fish in the cult to drink the air in.
While we lament this horrible tragedy and staggering loss of life rest assured that this has nothing to do with Oil or Corexit or anything else to do with BP.
BP Head of North American Operations