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.

Read CNN's full coverage of the dead anchovies in a California harbor
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  1. Caesar

    Yes, it was me.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    News, yeah, locally, its going to stink if they don't do something about it. Catastrophe, no. End of the world omen, absolutely not. Bush's fault, probably, if you read enough blogs.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lets keep it real

    Dynamite,Hmmmmm I'm Thinking again!People can be real mean!

    March 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marco

    What a bunch of KNOW IT ALLS

    March 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gabriel

    Revelations 16:3
    And the second messenger did pour out his vial to the sea, and there came blood as of one dead, and every living soul died in the sea.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. We Deliver

    Call Dominos – they will recycle those little fishies for sure!

    March 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carla

    Noooo. Rest in peace little dudes. Rest in peace 🙁

    March 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LaughingAtter

    Who cares? Nobody likes anchovies anyway!!

    March 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lets keep it real

    Marco,Gabriel,and medical student,HaHahahahah!Thanks for telling it like it is.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Armchair Scientist

    I've just looked into this CNN report and spoken with the wives and family members of millions of dead fish, and I'm not ruling out drowning. There is a large amount of water than can't be overlooked here.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. huxley

    Its not going to cause a polution problem... Its an ecosystem. Just let them rot and feed the other fish and plants. If you remove them, you chop out the base of the ecosystem pyramid.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lets keep it real

    OK, Calistus,

    March 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DisgruntledGrrl

    I wonder if there's any relation to the volcano going on. Often there is bed disturbance. A vent might have opened and contaminated a water current.

    March 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. smitty

    its got something to do with the experimental space shuttle program with its top secret agenda. lol

    March 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. keeth in cali

    Mass animal death = funny to a lot of people here. Too bad they can't suffer the same fate.

    March 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cthulhu

      I nominate you to start it

      March 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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