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Thousands of Dead Fish Line Jersey Shore

Fish kill covers beaches along the Delaware Bay Wednesday



    Unexplained Fish Kill Worrying Residents

    Homeowners who live along the Delaware Bay side of Middle Township, N.J. are concerned about the rapid beaching of thousands of fish just overnight. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010)

    Tens of thousands of dead fish are lining the Jersey Shore -- as far as the eye can see -- beginning at High’s Beach along the Delaware Bay in Middle Township Wednesday.

    “Once you figured out what it was, the smell hit you,” Flavia Scotto of Burlington, N.J. said about the bizarre fish kill.

    Believed to be peanut bunker fish -- a bait fish -- each measures about three-inches long and they all appear to be the same species.

    “It looked like a foam coming in and then I said, ‘Oh, a few fish,’  then, ‘No!  It’s all fish,’” Christine Cummings said about her 7 a.m. walk on the beach Wednesday.

    The thousands of stinky corpses washed up over night, as there was no sign of them Tuesday.

    “It’s scary,” Cummings said. “We were swimming in this since last week and it was wonderful. Nice and clean.”

    The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection has launched an investigation into the kill. Officials say initial water tests show no sign of toxic phytoplankton like red tide. They are still measuring oxygen levels.

    While the DEP investigates, area residents and renters wait to see what explanation officials will have for them. But until then, they must hold their noses.