Millions of fish found dead on California coast — 3 major fish kills in 2 weeks — Unidentified ‘goo’ floating nearby; Police clear out beach, call health officials to investigate (VIDEO)

Published: August 1st, 2014 at 9:39 am ET
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UPDATE: TV: Millions of fish dead at Oregon coast -- "Craziest thing I've ever seen" -- "You can't blame people for being alarmed" -- Aquarium: "It kind of looks like the apocalypse... especially big numbers... but this is a sign that anchovies are doing good" (VIDEO)


NBC Bay Area, July 31, 2014 (emphasis added): Santa Cruz has declared an emergency situation in its harbor. [...] Hundreds of thousands of dead anchovies are floating to the surface […] Officials say the same thing happened last year, but not to this level. According to [the harbormaster], this is the worst fish kill in Santa Cruz since the 1980s.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 31, 2014: The die-off is the third in three weeks. On July 18, thousands of white croakers washed up on Manresa State Beach [...] July 25, scores of dead anchovies washed onto the beach at Capitola […] four massive anchovy kills in harbor history: 1964, 1974, 1980 and 1984.

ABC 7, July 31, 2014: This is the fifth mass anchovy die-off in 50 years in Santa Cruz. The most recent was last October.

KSBW, July 31, 2014: Millions of anchovies died overnight in the Santa Cruz yacht harbor […] the third major fish kill in Santa Cruz County this month […] Cleanup volunteers said, “Well it happened again folks. Millions of dead anchovies overnight. It’s not Fukushima

KION, July 26, 2014: Sardines and a paste-like substance shut [Capitola beach] down. […] “We had been here so many times before and never seen them like that before,” [mother Kim Legue] said. […] Capitola police cleared the beach […] and called Santa Cruz County Environmental Health to investigate […] officials said [the paste] is something new. […] “What was found was a like a white, doughy-type substance.  It’s unknown what the substance is at this point,” said Sgt. Cliff Sloma. […] This comes a week after a similar scene at Manresa State Beach where thousands of dead fish washed up. [...] investigators said the paste-like substance is most likely something naturally created.

KSBW, July 28, 2014: Another fish kill, this time along Capitola […] State Fish & Wildlife aren’t 100% sure what caused this latest fish kill but they’re certain it wasn’t natural. […] A similar incident happened just ten days ago, when hundreds of thousands of white croaker fish washed up on Manresa State Beach. They’re likely unrelated. NOAA: “An open ocean issue shouldn’t cause that kind of a problem so we don’t know of any specific spill, any specfic release of any chemicals that would have caused it” […] Last Friday afternoon [Capitola Beach] was closed for two hours. A gooey substance was found floating in the water and health officials were contacted […] officials have not identified what that ‘gooey’ substance was other than it didn’t pose a threat to public health. >> Watch the KSBW broadcast here

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