Thousands of Fish Mysteriously Die in NJ

Fish are being tested to determine cause of death

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner

Posted May 13, 2014 10:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's an alarming find: Tens of thousands of fish have mysteriously died in New Jersey's Shark River. The dead bunker fish have been found both floating and washed up on shore near the docks in Belmar. The mayor calls the situation "highly unusual," and health officials say the massive death count was likely caused by an oxygen depletion—that may have even been caused by the fish themselves. Bunker fish typically reproduce in very large numbers, and use a lot of oxygen to do so. Newsy reports:

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