(NaturalNews) In what is perhaps the most startling and disturbing mass animal die-off yet, countless millions of dead anchovies were found this morning floating in King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach, Calif., according to reports from The Daily Breeze
. Officials say they do not know the cause of the event at this time and that investigations are underway.
Like the many other animal die-off
events in recent months, experts have been quick to dismiss the situation and provide otherwise reasonable-sounding hypotheses for why the event
occurred. One idea put forth by Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department suggests that there must have been too many anchovies packed into one area and that the oxygen supply in the water became depleted.
But such explanations hardly seem valid in light of the event and the circumstances surrounding it. Reports say that some onlookers noted that the birds were not feeding on the anchovies the morning they were discovered, indicating that perhaps the birds knew something about condition of the dead fish
that was not visible with the naked eye.
“Yesterday, everything looked absolutely normal,” said Walter Waite, a man who lives on a boat in the harbor, to The Daily Breeze. “This morning when I got up, there were millions and millions of them floating everywhere,” adding that, strangely, none of the birds in the area were feeding on the anchovies.