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. Obama Bin Laden

    Looks like Charlie Sheen has been practicing his Anchovy Assassin routine

    March 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRS1

      Looks like you've never practiced a comedy routine.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarlie Cheen

      Nice turban, though.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry

    In an unrelated story, 535 dead brains were found in Congress. Further observance showed most of them were "washed up."

    March 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Denizen Kate

    I love that movie!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MizFurball

    I suggest you offer the anchovies as fertilizer. Fish have been used since ancient times as fertilizer.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alwaysangry

    The biggest concern about this catastrophe is that there will be even less food for the dolphins, seals, seal lions, tuna, and many many other species that eat anchovies. As if it isn't hard enough for some of them to survive. It's not just too bad for stupid humans who want anchovies for their Ceasar salad and pizza. It's the scores of other animals depend on them for survival.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      That u El ?

      March 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. derek

    lol.. i give up with u people see ya burning in hell

    March 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PSAGuy

    Is that fish I smell ??

    March 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TMan


    March 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joseph

    Does this mean the price of a cheese pizza will go up a dollar by next week?

    March 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Egg

    oooahhhaahaa....Haters of Anchovies unite!
    I have struck the first blow, and billions of those stinky, salty, pizza ruining little fish are gone and will never get the chance to ruin a pizza!
    If we make these things an endangered species pizzas everywhere will be safe....and what's better than safe pizzas?
    There's probably gazillions and gazillions more of those things out there...let's kill those fish and "Save the Pizzas!!".

    March 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Judge Steele

    Wow! In a day or two Redondo Beach might stink almost as bad as Sacramento!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    Isn't this the third mass fish die off in the U.S. in the past couple of months. Each one cited lack of oxygen.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • King Neptune

      So....what do you make of this? Hint: it has to do with lack of oxygen in the water. 🙂

      March 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      LOL the article helped me along to the same conclusion. 🙂 The big question is why? Were they too tightly packed together in the same space, or is there something up with the oxygen levels in general.

      March 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MikeR

    Can something like this be orchestrated by someone? And if so, why? I don't know if military pulse wave technology can disrupt the organs of many fish under water.... The idea of promoting fear to make it seem like the "sign of time" sounds ridiculous. What is that suppose to do, make people go out by guns and bomb shelter supplies? If this really is hoax, then there is a motive for some kind of profit... poor fishies

    March 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRS1

      This sounds to be the most logical conclusion. Call off the scientists, Mike just saved us a bunch of money!

      March 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SaneCanadian

    Buy Capers futures

    March 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Perilous

    🙁 This is terrible.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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