Thursday, 1 January 2015

"An unnerving mystery!" Alligators raccoons turtles and fish dying at Turkey Creek in Palm Bay Florida


Thousands of fish and animals are dying in a local waterway, and longtime residents say it's not just an ordinary fish kill.
Turkey Creek in Palm Bay is known for its clean, fresh water.
It flows into the Indian River Lagoon downstream, and it's there in the lagoon where most fish kills happen, not in the creek.
Chris Jones grew up along Turkey Creek.
"You can get out and be in old Florida, natural Florida, the way it was hundreds of years ago before people were here," said Jones.
But now, catfish have been dying for weeks.
People have reported dead animals including an alligator and some raccoons and turtles.
They've taken pictures of a film on the water.
"I've never seen catfish or any fish die off to this extent," said Jones.
"It's quite upsetting because I've been here since '73, and the waters were much better," said John Mongioi. Palm Bay Public Works employees checked the water for dissolved oxygen but said so far levels look normal.
The city sewage plant spilled effluent into the creek in September.
It seems unlikely that could still be having an effect.
It's an unnerving mystery.

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