Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Ashore in Massachusetts As Warm Water Depletes Oxygen (Video)

Thousands of dead Menhaden fish washed ashore on a beach in Fairhaven, MA, a first for the residents living there. The cause, according to marine fisheries, is a lack of oxygen due to warmer waters. This type of fish is particularly sensitive to environmental changes such as these, and may have been dead for days before washing up on the beach. A video report after the jump.

Whether or not the warmer waters are related to climate change or a simple shift in currents during summer isn't stated -- or even necessarily known. Warming waters over the last few years have been causing issues all over the globe, from coral reefs in the Caribbean to phytoplankton in the Arctic.
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