02 Sep '11, 4am

124,000 Fish Suffocate to Death in Texas Heat: #Climate #TX

Photo: GrapevineTxOnline.com / cc As Texas continues to suffer from the worst one-year drought on record along with scorchingly high temperatures, area lakes might seem like the best places to find refuge from the heat, but apparently not for fish. According to state wildlife officials, in one lake alone some 124,000 fish perished last week in the extreme weather conditions, not from a lack of water, but from a lack of oxygen -- an oft overlooked consequence of rising temperatures which may become more common as heat-spells grow more intense and prolonged. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say that the mass fish die off that occurred recently at Lake Grapevine, near Dallas, involved mostly Threadfin shad, a small species of fish often used as bait, though many others were killed as well. State biologist Tom Hungerford says that among the dead fish "stacking up" at the la...

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