In one of the week’s most bizarre stories, over a million sardines have turned up dead in Redondo Beach, clogging the King Harbor Marina and even preventing ships from leaving. The marina, located about 16 miles south-west of Los Angeles, has been declared the site of a public health hazard due to the hordes of dead fish. However the city is making the most of this unfortunate event, as it plans to turn the dead fish into fertilizer.

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We’re sure you’re all wondering how a million dead sardines ended up in the marina in the first place. Although it was a mystery at first, (and one that freaked out locals with the fish corpses piling as high as 18in (46cm) on the marina floor), scientists believe the event was a natural occurence. It is believed that the fish sought shelter from rough seas and exhausted the water’s oxygen supply, suffocating themselves.

The dead fish, which are estimated to amount to 150 tonnes, are beginning to decompose in the heat causing a serious public health threat. “We need to get rid of them,” Redondo Beach Police Sgt Phil Keenan said to the local Daily Breeze newspaper. “This is going to create a terrible pollution and public health issue if we don’t.”

As no traces of toxins or pollutants have been found, officials at the California Fish and Wildlife Department have said that it was “a naturally occurring, but unusual event.” As such, the fish are to be collected and turned into fertilizer.

Via BBC News

Lead photo © Tanaka Juuyoh