Officials at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say that a recent fish kill along the state’s Gulf coast is the largest they’ve seen, according to KVUE. The fish kill has brought dead crabs, eels and stingrays ashore.
Beachgoers were disturbed by the large-scale kill, but experts explained that conditions this year were to blame. With higher temperatures and low dissolved oxygen near the sea floor, creatures that live there were more likely to be affected.
The fish kill, beginning July 1, was the first of 2013 for the area. It was expected to last several more days, but lessen over that period.