Cold inflicted major toll on fish in Florida
A deep freeze in the shallow waters of Florida Bay and Everglades took a heavy toll on snook and other native fish. Millions and millions of pilchards, threadfin herring, mullet. Ladyfish, snook and tarpon took it really bad. Whitewater Bay is just a graveyard.
Fish in every part of the state were hammered by this month's record-setting cold snap. The toll in South Florida, a haven for warm-water species, was particularly extensive, too large to even venture a guess at numbers. And despite the subsequent warm-up, scientists warn that the big bad chill of 2010 will continue to claim victims for weeks.
Judging by the floating carcasses, the most widespread kills were in Florida Bay and Whitewater Bay in the park. Water temperatures in the bay hovered in the low 50s for days and, according to the National Weather Service, dipped to a record 47.8 degrees at their lowest.
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#1 Jan 20, 2010
and we were all told that warmer water is the biggest disaster since Gore lost the Presidential election! Even Bush killing the dinosaurs wasn't as bad as the warm sea horror - and now they are all freezing their fins off.
#2 Jan 21, 2010
you keep making up 'red herrings'. Maybe we can use those..
P.S. there are other fisheries collapses going on, not just in Florida. For example. http://tinyurl.com/yexl5nu is about the 'humnbolt squid' and how ocean temperature change has collapsed the fisheries of their prey species. Of course, we could start living on calimari, but is that what you want??
#3 Jan 21, 2010
Yes, they taste really good especially red herring roe.
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