Millions and millions of fish have mysteriously dropped dead along Fujian’s Minjiang River in recent days. The exact number is not yet known, but the Shuikou and Huangtian townships are home to some 9,000 tanks, each with about 3,500 to 5,000 fish, and all of them are dead now, so do the math yourself.
Some of the fish farmers (as you’ll see in the video after the jump) have put the blame on unseasonably warm waters, and others on the recent Typhoon Nanmadol, but the exact cause of the phenomenon has yet to be determined by scientists.
Via China Daily:
An expert accompanying an official investigation team to the sites on Saturday said that a low level of dissolved oxygen in the water might have killed the fish, the local newspaper Southeast Express reported.
But Huang Zhongfa, a resident of Shuikou’s Xilan village, said a lack of oxygen would not kill that many fish.
“Only hundreds of fish in a tank would die if the level of dissolved oxygen is insufficient. We also found that the fish turned white after they died. That is abnormal, and that phenomenon doesn’t occur with deaths from oxygen insufficiency,” he said.”The water is black and has something like oil on the surface.”
Top priority now though is to scoop up all the dead fish and bury them under the nearby hills in a way that will have the least environmental and health impact. That alone will be one helluva project.
Watch video after the jump…