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The sardine apocalypse: Mystery of 200-ton shoal of dead fish that washed up at port, turned the sea red and created a HUGE stink
PUBLISHED: 14:24 EST, 7 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:41 EST, 7 June 2012
An entire port town in Japan has been left reeking of dead fish after nearly 200 tons of stinky sardines washed up on its shore.The massive shoal started washing up at the fishing port of Ohara, on Japan's west-facing North Pacific Ocean coast, on June 3 and quickly turned the sea red.
Since then the bizarre phenomenon gone has rapidly got out of control.
Mystery: The sardine beach in Japan was turned blood red after nearly 200 tons of fish turned up
There are now so many dead fish that locals in the town in Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture, are having to truck the rotting remains to landfills. And yet still more dead sardines keep washing up on shore.Reports suggested that locals are not only finding the sight disturbing, but the huge amount of dead fish has created a smell that's becoming unbearable.
Japan's RocketNews24 reported: 'When we inquired with a local inn, we were told that the port was scheduled to be closed from June 1 to 5, but given the emergency, local fishermen are currently out in full force trying to resolve the situation.'Already, more than two full days into the bizarre occurrence, the smell has to be almost unbearable, but the people of Ohara still have no idea when they will be able to get rid of all the sardines.
The fishing port of Ohara, on Japan's west-facing North Pacific Ocean coast, started being flooded with fish on June 3
'We sincerely hope they will be able to solve the problem quickly.'Last year millions of dead fish were found floating in a California harbour after apparently becoming trapped and expiring due to lack of oxygen, experts said.The silver-colored fish appeared overnight at King Harbour in Redondo Beach, where the surface of the water was covered, said officials. Locals suggested that high winds might have pushed the fish - initially reported to be anchovies, but later identified as sardines - into the marina south of Los Angeles.