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State agency to probe Salton Sea fish kill
Residents say manure dump may be culprit, but experts downplay significance of die-off
Desert Shores — Seasonal fish die-offs are nothing new at the Salton Sea, but the unusual timing of thousands of dead tilapia washing up this week on the sea's western shore has a state agency investigating.
Die-offs usually occur in the summer, when algae blooms suck the oxygen out of the water, or sometimes in the winter, if the water is extremely cold — which it's not right now.
Gayle and Tyrone Schwartz, who live in a mobile home overlooking a small cliff above the sea, said an odd-looking mixture of manure and feathers coated the water, accompanying the dead fish to the shore
“It looked like somebody dumped something after cleaning out their coops,” Gayle Schwartz said. “It was a greeny, goldy muck that looked like manure.”