Thousands Of Dead Fish: Thousands Of Fish Died Due To Excessive Heat

By on Aug 7, 2012 in Animals, Science, United States Comments
Thousands of dead fish

Thousands of dead fish in Rock Port, Mo.
Image Credit: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

Thousands of dead fish have been clogging river dams and drains in the Midwest, according to international reports on August 5, 2012.

Different types of fish like shovelnose sturgeon, catfish, carp and other species have been found dead in the Lower Platte River due to excessive heat.

“It’s something I’ve never seen in my career, and I’ve been here for more than 17 years. I think what we’re mainly dealing with here are the extremely low flows and this unparalleled heat.” Mark Flammang, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was quoted saying in a report.

The hot temperatures cause water in the rivers to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees and dry up the rivers. Flamming explained in a report that “those fish have been in these rivers for thousands of thousands of years and they are accustomed to all sorts of weather conditions. However, there are conditions that may occur similar to this that are outside their realm of tolerance.”

“Fish kills happen most summers in small private ponds and streams, but the hot weather this year has made the situation much worse”, according to Dan Stephenson, a biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in a report.

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