Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thousands of fish turn up dead in Indiana lake - 26th July 2011

Imagine thousands of fish literally turn up dead in a lake near your home. That's just what happened at a lake in Seymour, Indiana. So, our viewers called us asking us to get answers.

Neighbors say they've never seen anything like this before.

Stinking, dead fish giving off a foul odor and floating in the lake is what Corey Lanier and his neighbors came across this weekend

"It was just a very overwhelming...just rotten fish smell," Corey Lanier said "We could smell it across the street from the lake."

Lanier and others live near Mutton Creek neighborhood lake. It sits behind their homes in Seymour.

"As soon as we walked over, there were thousands of dead fish floating in the pond," Lanier said.

Lanier estimates 2,000- 3,000 of them.

"I've never seen this many dead fish in one lake floating," Lanier said.

Maria Hauersperger's backyard goes right up too the lake.

"At first, I thought it was that something had maybe seeped into the lake," She said "Then we found out it was just really, they died of natural causes."

Debra King, Assistant Fisheries Biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said many things can cause a fish kill. In this case, she thinks the heat may be to blame. Read More