70,000 Dead Fish Fill Marina Del Rey

| by Emily Smith

Thousands of dead fish washed up in Marina Del Rey over the weekend in Southern California. This created a feast for birds and a nuisance for residents.

“It was like a Hitchcock movie,” Michael Quill of Marina Del Rey said. “You could see the silver of the fish underwater, it was crazy.”

Marine biologist Benjamin Kay explained that when the weather gets hot, water holds less oxygen and can lead to massive fish deaths. Though it’s happened in this area before, some residents say it’s never been this bad.

“I’ve been here for about 20 years and this is the first time I’ve seen a fish kill like this one,” Tom Difloure, a resident, said.

On Sunday, workers pulled 7,000 pounds of dead fish out of the water. Their remains were used as fertilizer.

Sources: The Huffington Post, NBC