What in the World is Going on? Thousands of dead fish turn up in Shinnecock Canal on Long Island (VIDEO)

    By Nate  Published: November 15, 2016


    HAMPTON BAYS, Long Island (WABC) — Environmental officials are investigating a massive fish kill on Long Island in which tens of thousands of dead fish turned up in a canal Monday.

    The New York Department of Environmental Conservation said the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays was closed at 3 a.m., trapping a large and dense school of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) fish. The DEC said it believes the fish died due to a lack of oxygen and a high density of fish in the water.

    The DEC said once the Suffolk County Department of Public Works opened the canal locks at 10 a.m., a lot of the fish washed downstream — some of them still alive.

    “The large school of fish was most likely chased into the canal by other predatory fish,” the DEC said in a statement.

    According to the DEC, the fish kill does not suggest there’s pollution in the Shinnecock Bay. Though, a similar die-off happened in Riverhead in June 2015.

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