March 8th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Millions of dead anchovies float to surface in Redondo Beach

Enough anchovies to top much of the world’s pizza and Caesar salads have floated lifelessly to the surface in Redondo Beach, California's King Harbor, according to a local newspaper.

Officials say millions of the pungent, oily fish are covering the sea bottom in the harbor. They began rising to the surface Tuesday morning, the Daily Breeze in Torrance, outside Los Angeles, reported.

“We need to get rid of them,” Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department told the paper. “This is going to create a terrible pollution and public health issue if we don't.”

Fire, police and public works officials have yet to cite a definite cause, but Keenan said the fish appear to have died from lack of oxygen.

There were no red tides (oxygen-depleting algae blooms) or other obvious phenomena that could have caused the mass deaths, the paper reported.

“Yesterday, everything looked absolutely normal,” Walter Waite, who lives at the harbor, told the newspaper. “This morning when I got up, there were millions and millions of them floating everywhere.”

The temperature in Southern California is expected to climb into the 70s Tuesday, exacerbating the urgency of removing the scads of 6-inch fish scattered throughout the harbor.

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  1. Zeta

    May 21st, May 21st, yeah, right. Harold Camping has NEVER been wrong before, has he? Oh wait, that's right...he said the same thing would happen in 1994. Give a chimpanzee a dart and a wall of dates, and I'll bet that wherever he throws it will be just as good a "calculation" as Camping's. Puhleeze! The only Rapture we'll be hearing about is the song by Blondie that some smartazz DJ plays on the radio May 21st!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cindy

    It's probably Prozac from the sewage runoff during the rains. Damn you psychotic people and your drug habits.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    "And1/3rd of the life that was in the sea died- " &" later it says ALL that was living in the seas died "Revelation if this was written back in 1883 when my family bible was printed it would be one thing- but my copy is a copy that has survived & was copied from earlier manuscipts going back not hundereds but at least 2,000 years I think God is still trying to tell us REPENT-

    March 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AmericanCitizen

    My brother and I lived 20 minutes from the shore of New England and spent a great deal of time in the ocean, all of our summers on fresh water lakes, and hiked numerous trails in New England’s mountain region. I’ve hunted in SC, TX, AZ, and up and down the eastern seaboard. I’ve fished professionally as well in tournaments spending all night scouting for fishing areas. We’ve vacationed in California and up the entire western seaboard. I’ve been around this nation three times during my life from the Appalachian Trail to the volcanic fields of Arizona. We saw occasional carrion, but no mass wildlife death like what we are seeing now. Scientists are offering insulting excuses, minimizing the intelligence of citizens to accept lame explanations that whales or predators are forcing fish to the docks. How absurd. Either these events are hoaxes that someone is dumping, or the habitats of these animals are experiencing unseen stressors like never before from encroachment or other phenomena.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. l2_k

    collect the fish and send it to africa to feed the starving..

    March 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David H. Koch

    I David H. Koch killed the anchovies.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. C-mo Love

    We are in the last days.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cindy

    One type of fish but nothing else? Really? Must a totally random thing. Never heard of anything like this happening in the last few months before... Duuh.. Well I got to get to my yoga class..

    March 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    Yes lets all worry about the potential stench and not the reason for a ecological disaster.
    I can see the future headlines now "The Earth has died, people are worried about the stench, news at 11am"

    March 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NPnxAz

    We are waiting for all of Cali's beloved illegals to create the same phenomenon- just like this.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NPnxAz

    What a shame

    March 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. laura

    REALLY???REALLY??? Duh has everyone forgotten about the huge disasterous oil spill and all the dispersants that some idiots decided to throw into the ocean. Geeze when the oil first started spilling i said pump concrete into the hole but greedy oil companys wanted to "save" the well. and humans have such ADD that they cant focus on whats really going on. Maybe the aliens did it.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FXS1960

    And the fishings been terrible to boot.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. a real american

    They heard Republicans were back in charge of Congress (and therefore the environment), and just gave up and committed mass suicide.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hello?

    They are not anchovies, they are SARDINES. The harbor is shallow, they got in there and ran out of oxygen. It actually IS related to warmer water, algae blooms and storm tides, as well as runoff from recent rains.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Ya, I said this earlier today CNN really needs to get their facts straight

      March 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
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