Residents puzzled by fish deaths in Mobile Bay
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Residents in south Alabama are trying to determine why fish have been washing up along Mobile Bay for the past few days.
Redfish and catfish are turning up by the hundreds, both ashore and floating in the bay.
Point Clear resident Larry Canham says the smell has become intense. He says he saw dead fish wash up last spring, but the number has at least doubled this year.
He says he's counted more than 20 fish in less than three days, just in his backyard.
Bob Shipp, who teaches marine sciences at the University of South Alabama, said he believes it could be a virus that's killing the fish.