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Millions of dead fish at King Harbor in Redondo Beach [Updated]


Dead fish float inside King Harbor.

Authorities in Redondo Beach are investigating what killed millions of fish over the last day at King Harbor Marina.

Fish, including anchovies, sardines and mackerel were floating lifeless in Basins 1 and 2 of the north side of King Harbor Marina.

Dead Fish Mystery

"There’s basically fish everywhere you go in the harbor," said the harbor's assistant manager, Jason McMullin, who added that there were reports that a red tide may have driven the fish into the harbor in massive numbers where they died because of limited oxygen.

Redondo Beach public works officials were dispatched to the harbor to investigate further but did not have immediate comment.


The fish were attracting huge flocks of seagulls and other birds.

[Updated at 12:15 p.m.: Redondo Beach officials said initial assessments suggest oxygen depletion in the King Harbor basins caused the massive fish die-off.

City Manager Bill Workman said city officials with the help of marine experts would help determine if there was any environmental issue involved. Tests are now being performed on the water as officials begin removing the dead fish, which city officials estimated to be in the millions.

“There are no visible signs of any toxins that might have caused [the die-off] and our early assessment is that this was oxygen depletion,” Workman said. “This is similar to what we experienced five years ago but that was distinctly a red tide event but there’s no discoloration of the water, no associated foaming in the waves, Workman said. “There are no oil slicks or leaking of substances into the water.”

Workman noted that the harbor had been teeming in recent weeks with bait fish that even after their deaths “had no signs of degradation.”]


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Photo: Dead fish float inside King Harbor. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; Second and third images: KTLA News.

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I've lived in/near Redondo since 1980 and have NEVER seen anything like this. Do "marine experts" really think we're that stupid when they say "the fish collected in a low area of water and used up all the oxygen"? Now, I'm no chemist, but one of the key elements of water (H2O) is OXYGEN. If the fish used up "all the oxygen", what exactly was it they were swimming in?...liquid Hydrogen?

Look up photos of dead fish in the gulf after the BP spill, and then look at photos of the Redondo Harbor. I'm guessing whatever chemical(s) they used to break up the oil is affecting sea life dramatically. I'm also going to guess that after this event, we're likely to find millions of dead crabs on our shores as well.

People should stop cutting up Ducks fans to use as fish bait.

The birds are dying because of a magnetic shift the earth is experiencing at the time which happens every 300 years, not because of global warming. And according to scientists all over the world, the climate all over the world is slowly normalizing and they expect Global Warming to come to an end in about 5 years. (if we keep up the good work.)

Sounds like someone needs to turn the fish into bio-diesel.

It would not surprise me that it's from the gas and oil drilling. The dead birds in AK are very close to a horizontal fracturing operation to get natural gas from shale. They are contaminating water every where as toxic chemicals are used to break the shale. Google Fracking and Contamination and you will find loads of articles. They also suspect the fracking injection wells of causing the recent earthquake cluster in AK. Then there is all the dispersant that BP put into the ocean. It's probably making its rounds. We are destroying this planet bit by bit. People had better wake up. The Republicans are trying to dismantle the EPA, FDA, the Clean Water Act, etc. so their gas and oil buddies can have free reign.

am i the only one wondring if our waters across america are being posiened by something or someone ? we americains forget fast this is the fourth large mass kill of fish and by the way birds in as many months. and why so little info in the meada? wake up people oh i know its not lady gagaa or charley sheen worthe and we might have to log off fb but we need to start a diaoluge about our wonderful country we call home and all its cancers among other things come on people we need to open our eyes and become involved in our lives again make our country great again or did our fathers and sons die so we can be lazy and let our goverment make all of our desions for us as our great nation falls like roam they as well got copliant and lazy will history repeat its self?

Oh man... The smell tomorrow will gag maggots. Good luck!

This is obviously the government teams of mad scientists testing their species specific (kills only specific DNA combination) bio-weapons. If it were lack of O2 in the water, all the fishies would be dead. Instead, we have just the one species.

Why do you think the gov is taking the DNA of all newborns? The shadow government will release bio weapons to get rid of all non desirable s.

Great how some supremacists, just because they have billions of dollars, like Bill Gates, think they can play God. We need to nip this in the bud people. I'm counting on some military or leo's that love liberty to take these cretins planning to kill us to prison.

Fufill the prophecy. part of is the fish start unexplainbly dying. a storm would cause rough waters and oxyengenate the waters.

oil spill!!!

Hopefully, this will be used for fertilizer and not wasted!

Its a sign that the lord baby jebus christabulous will soon descend from fairy land and smite all the evil doers!

repent now filthy sinners or you'll look just like a fish from heavens wrath!

Praise lord baby jebus christabulous!

Hope no earthquake coming

Mmmmm sushi...

i don't know about you guys , but i am feeling a lot of things are not going well around us ..... dead birds falling out of the sky worldwide !!!!! millions dead fish every where for no reason !!!! TWO suns showing up globally these days , china , Russia, Norway and other places !!!!! strong earthquakes activities !!!!! i smell something is cooking coming up ... it just too much of coincidence .

Wow. Nutty theories on here. Here's what happened:

A massive school of sardines takes shelter in the harbor from rough seas.

Before they ever figure out how to get back out to sea (because fish are stupid), they deplete the dissolved oxygen to levels below lethal.

Massive school of fish dies.

End of story.

Re: jojo's post earlier:

The thing that has fascinated me about the verse you quote from Revelation, which refers to the death of all living things in the sea at the "end of the Age" is that at the time it was penned, there was no scientific knowledge of the fact that both sea (and of course, fresh) water and blood, carry oxygen. What is it that a dead man's blood lacks? That's right - oxygen. When John authored this, he had no idea of the biological and environmental complexity (and accuracy) of what he wrote. He just knew he was writing about what would become true someday.

This is so sad, I wonder what effect the death of all these bait fish will have on the Game Fish and other top level predators.

Best of luck to all affected.

So do we eat dead fish?

Very sad to see this!

I remember when I went fishing during red tide. I got so much halibut that day =).

Those must be some happy seagulls!! how bizzare!

Take some biology and marine biology classes guys, I know all this sciencey stuff may not make sense to the people quoting bible verses, but this can and has happened anywhere and everywhere on earth. Algae blooms deplete the dissolved solids and oxygen in an area, and the fish can not extract enough to breathe. Simple really.

A plot to increase the price of anchovies and sardines and to start new commodities speculation.


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