On Monday, November 14, passersby were greeted with an alarming sight at the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays, New York.
The water was filled with thousands of bunker fish, which were squeezed together as tightly as sardines in a can. Unfortunately for the fish, this meant that they would run out of oxygen and die. Onlookers had no idea what to make of this strange phenomenon, but there is a simple explanation as to how this happened.
While they were in the canal the night before, the tide gates closed and
locked them inside. The Southhampton County Department of Public Works managed to
open the canal to free some fish, but the majority didn’t survive.
It is believed that a school of blue fish, which feed on bunkers, chased them into the canal right before it got locked.
The water is currently being tested for any health risks, but officials say there’s no reason to worry. People are also working to clean up the massive number of dead fish.
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