Mystery of 200-ton shoal of dead fish that washed up at Japanese port

Posted on June 8, 2012

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An entire port town in Japan has been left reeking of dead fish after nearly 200 tons of stinky sardines washed up on its shore.

The massive shoal started washing up at the fishing port of Ohara, on Japan’s west-facing North Pacific Ocean coast, on June 3 and quickly turned the sea red.

Since then the bizarre phenomenon gone has rapidly got out of control.

There are now so many dead fish that locals in the town in Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture, are having to truck the rotting remains to landfills. And yet still more dead sardines keep washing up on shore.

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