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Devastating 'fish kill' found in Gulf of Mexico ... but the culprit is not who you might think By MAIL FOREIGN SERVICELast updated at 9:30 AM on 16th September 2010 Comments (25) Add to My Stories …

Devastating 'fish kill' found in Gulf of Mexico ... but the culprit is not who you might think

Last updated at 9:30 AM on 16th September 2010

At first glimpse, it looks like the devastating effects of an environmental disaster - thousands upon thousands of dead fish choking a waterway.

Coupled with the fact that the gruesome discovery was made in the Bayou Chaland on the coast near New Orleans - an area affected by the notorious BP oil spill - initial reports understandably put two and two together.

Fingers were pointed at BP, which is being held responsible for the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20 that killed 11 workers and caused the largest offshore oil spill in American history.

Fish kill

Fish kill: This incredible scene was discovered on Friday in the Bayou Chaland area of Plaquemines Parish, near New Orleans. Experts say it is a common natural phenomenon that had nothing to do with the BP oil spill

Fish kill

Shallow water: The combination of shallow water and high temperatures caused the fish to suffocate, according to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokeswoman Olivia Watkins

Fish kill

Oil spill: Despite evidence that the oil spill had affected the area, wildlife experts insisted the phenomenon occured naturally

It certainly looked like another nightmare for the already demonised oil company.

But Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries experts say low tide and high temperatures were to blame for the deatsh of such huge numbers of fish in Plaquemines Parish.

Spokeswoman Olivia Watkins said today that department biologists found the fish kill had nothing to do with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The fish were found on Friday and fisheries experts were dispatched to determine whether the phenomenon was related to the oil spill.

Ms Watkins said low tide trapped fish in less than two feet of water. She added that hot water held less oxygen than cold, and heat also raised the metabolism - so plants and animals needed more oxygen to survive.

She said the area where the fish were found is bordered on one side by a rock dam, and a shallow outlet to the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

'When the tide is low, it becomes a pool,' she said.

Among the species killed by the tide were pogie fish, redfish, shrimp, crabs and freshwater eels.

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Comment by Saiguest on September 16, 2010 at 3:20pm
Uh, if you read more into the story on more reliable sites it does in fact blame BP for this, the residents of this area say this happens every year but this year is unheard of, clearly caused by BP.
Comment by ૐ Daisy ૐ on September 16, 2010 at 10:31am
hmmmm i also wonder... do you think ..cover up ? or truth?...just looking at the oil in those pic's i find it kind of hard to believe that the oil didn't play some part in their demise.. but .. then again..I have heard of this happening before else where... so... i second your ... I wonder.....
Comment by Simmy on September 16, 2010 at 9:47am
I wonder...

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