An investigation is underway after 1000’s of lifeless fish washed up on a preferred seaside.
Beachgoers who travelled to Semaphore Seaside in Adelaide over the weekend had been met with a pungent shock after the fish washed up on the sand.
The fish are believed to be sardines or anchovies.
The reason for the mass fish demise is unknown, however the Division of Major Industries and Areas SA (PIRSA) has kicked off an investigation into the incident.
“PIRSA is conscious of lifeless fish being reported within the Level Malcolm space and are investigating the trigger,” the division instructed NCA NewsWire in a press release.
The division mentioned occasions which kill numerous fish may very well be attributable to a number of causes.
“Basically, fish-kill occasions can occur due adjustments to environmental elements comparable to temperature, salinity or oxygen ranges, or by way of the introduction of illness or pollution,” PIRSA mentioned.
As soon as pictures of the lifeless fish circulated to social media, many customers shared their very own theories.
“I used to work alongside that part of seaside and on a few events I’ve come throughout massive colleges of white bait landlocked in a pool, with a sandbar stopping them from returning to deeper water,” one consumer wrote.
“Sadly, the shallow swimming pools warmth up and the fish die.”
One other claimed the fish had been attempting to flee a predator and “obtained caught” when the tide went again out.
In the meantime, one other individual mentioned it was a results of current storm exercise.
“All of the polluted water washing out to sea from the rains,” one individual wrote.
PIRSA urges anybody who comes throughout “uncommon numbers of lifeless fish” to contact FISHWATCH on 1800 065 522.