Massive Estero Bay fish kill a mystery, Florida - 27th Nov 2011
Katie McFarland, an FGCU graduate student, first saw large numbers of dead mullet floating in the bay and washed up along the shoreline Friday.
Saturday morning, McFarland took another trip onto the bay to take water samples and saw hundreds of mullet between FGCU’s Vester Field Station and New Pass.“From what I’ve heard, it’s the whole bay,” she said. “I’ve yet to see anything but mullet. It’s crazy, the numbers of them.”
Soon after he made that comment, McFarland found one dead Atlantic spadefish.One suspect is red tide, a natural phenomenon that occurs when the toxic single-cell alga Karenia brevis undergoes a population explosion, or bloom. Read More