don have any need to be in the estuary and usually stay behind the surf zone, could have been driven to the river by predators, only to encounter these unfavorable conditions.
Dead anchovies blanket Necanicum River bank
The last occurrence of what seemed to be a massacre of anchovies was several years ago and affected both the Necanicum and Neawanna rivers, Boothe said. The event this year took place only in the Necanicum River.
By Katherine LacazeSeaside smell? was a common question posed by prospective visitors calling Jeff Ter Har, the co owner of a local clothing store, after word got out last week that the banks of the Necanicum River were painted silvery white with thousands of dead anchovies.
A similar occurrence happens regularly on a somewhat cyclical basis, so it is a normal event, Cain suggested.
If the school of anchovies moves in far enough, the fish get into water with less salinity, which can create distress, he said. Also, the temperature in shallow water tends to be higher.
The event means the anchovy population is strong and are so many of them they looking for other places to go, Graeper said. As the fish decompose, they add beneficial nutrients to the river, riverbanks and surrounding vegetation.
kind of looks like the apocalypse, Tiffany Boothe, the at , joked the morning the fish were found.
However, the occurrence, she said, is a natural phenomenon.
a good, natural thing, Boothe said.
He believes the anchovies, which Adidas Boost Pure Control
Several mentioned how and it was to see so many dead anchovies for no apparent reason. One visitor said he had never seen anything like it.
The death of the fish going to negatively affect the anchovy population, Boothe said.
would be my guess based on the past times, Cain said.
While that meant bad news for those who had to walk past the river in the days following the incident and get a whiff of the dead fish on the riverbanks, the event is a positive sign.
Overall, the event is of the natural cycle of things that happen in our estuary and up and down the coast, Graeper said.
Every few years, an unusually large school of anchovies moves from the ocean to the river.
kind of a cool and good indicator that things are working right now, said Melyssa Graeper, coordinator for the Necanicum Watershed Council.
A couple who had walked past the river on Necanicum Drive on the evening of July 28 said the fish were not there at that time. By the morning of July 29, Adidas Jeremy Scott Gold
they had showed up.
a big boon for them, she said.
on the banks near the mouth of the river on the northern side of Seaside. More fish appeared farther south on the river, some floating, some lying lifeless on the banks and making the banks appear white.
kind of a combination of things, he said.
they come into the river, it depletes the oxygen, and thousands of the anchovies and some of the other fish die, Boothe said. There simply is not enough oxygen for them all.
Lee Cain, who teaches the aquatic biology program at Astoria High School, said there could be other contributing factors as well.
Unsuspecting visitors and locals not armed with the cause of the event found the appearance of the fish coating the river banks to be a bit alarming.
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The pelicans, seagulls and other birds that feasted on the fish throughout the week seemed to agree.
People called in to the store, trying to find out it really smells here, he said, adding that news outlets had done some press about the stink in Seaside. fortunately Adidas Pure Boost Zg Grey Primeknit did not suffer for him in the days following the somewhat alarming but not unprecedented occurrence in Seaside, even though parts of the city for several days were filled with the scent of thousands of dead fish decomposing on the Necanicum River.
The cove in the Necanicum estuary is a natural feeding area for fish, sea birds and other aquatic wildlife, Cain said.
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