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Locals Baffled After Thousands Of Fish Mysteriously Found Dead In Lake

Locals Baffled After Thousands Of Fish Mysteriously Found Dead In Lake

Thousands of dead fish were found mysteriously floating in a lake in Missouri, with locals baffled by what may have happened.

Kelly Manno, 40, woke up on Thursday 16 July after a thunderstorm the night before, and found that every single fish in the 15-acre lake by her home were dead.

Manno first thought lightning may have struck the lake, killing its inhabitants, but had that theory debunked when they found that other creatures were alive.

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Trying to work out what killed the fish, Manno checked with other lakes in the subdivision and found that animals elsewhere were fine.

Kelly said: "We initially thought lightning struck the lake, but all of the frogs and snakes survived."

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The Department of Conservation later said that several reports of fish deaths had been raised in their area the same night.

Sharing the video on TikTok, Manno said: "This morning we woke up and all fish in the lake behind my house are dead - literally thousands of them as far as you can see."

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Panning round to another lake, she added: "A bigger question is: why are the fish in the lake immediately next to it perfectly fine?"

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The next lake was absolutely fine. Credit: Caters/@kellymanno
The next lake was absolutely fine. Credit: Caters/@kellymanno

In a follow-up TikTok video, Manno said locals came to help them clean up the fish, working 'tirelessly' to get the lake back to normal, burying the dead fish in a hole.

She continued: "We called the conservation department and they were kind of like, 'This is not that big of a deal to us. Fish die in large groups all the time and, by the way, since you are a private subdivision, we are also not gonna help you come clear it up'.

"So the residents of our neighbourhood got busy with boats and fishing nets and pool skimmers, and worked tirelessly to get the fish out of the lake and bury them in a hole."

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Manno added: "Me may never know what happened. Oxygen problem, algae problem, lightning strike - it's anyone's guess."

Commenting on the bizarre footage, one person commented: "Had exactly the same thing happen 13 years ago at my trailer on the lake when I was a kid, shitload of carp just washed up one morning on the beach with 6 or 7 dozen carcasses

Another speculated: "This is what happens when we pollute our waters not complicated."

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A third added, simply: "Aliens."

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Topics: Fish, News, US News, Animals

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]