A mass death in the shallows has caused a big smelly problem for residents of the waterfront California town.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused tens of thousands of fish to turn up dead in the waters off Marina del Rey over the weekend.
The first report came in just after 9 p.m. Saturday at the A-Basin in the 13000 block of Tahiti Way, officials said. When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, they discovered an estimated 70,000 dead anchovies floating in the water, along with other sea life, including sting rays and angel sharks.
It is suspected that an algal bloom may have depleted the oxygen in the bay causing the fish to suffocate. It’s not uncommon. This situation may also have been worsened by the warm weather. Schools of fish may congregate in shallows to escape preditors and they use up the available oxygen. It does concern the locals that the water could be polluted. In any case, the fish stink.