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PHOTOS: Another Cornish Beach Littered With Dead Fish

PHOTOS: Another Cornish Beach Littered With Dead Fish

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 18th December 2016. (Updated at 1:51pm 19th December 2016)

More dead fish have washed up in Cornwall - on a different beach.

At the beginning of December, Pirate FM told you about thousands littering the shore at Pentewan.

Now more have beached at Marazion - and were discovered by a dog walker on Saturday.

David Hughes spotted them at low tide and strangely, revealed seagulls and his dog did not seem to want to go near them.

David said: "Just got back from a walk on the beach at Marazion, Cornwall and noticed thousands of fish which I believe to be Mackerel washed up on the beach at low tide.

"Interestingly, the seagulls were not interested in these fish even though they looked very fresh and our boxer dog did not even try to eat them?

"Would be interested if you hear of any reason this may have happened".

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Edward Bol spotted thousands of what he thought were herring at Pentewan, earlier this month.

The sound engineer from Mevagissey was among a string of baffled locals who posted photos.

He tweeted the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage to try to work out how this many fish washed up in one place.

And London Centrical posted: "Sad scene on #Pentewan beach in #Cornwall. Thousands of dead fish washed up. Any ideas why?"

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It is not the first time marine life, including small fish, have beached at Pentewan.

In November 2014, a juvenile Minke whale was found washed up on the same stretch of sand.

Also in 2014, hundreds of small, dead whitebait were found washed up at Mullion on the Lizard.

At the time, there had been similar incidents reports along the south coast, as far as Dorset.

Then, experts thought they could have been killed by the storms or driven close to the shore by predators.

Another theory was that fresh water from a nearby river caused their death.

Experts have said that bad weather could be the reason why thousands of dead fish, thought to be mackerel or herring, washed up.

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An expert from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth believes the fish washed up on Pentewan Beach alive and did not die at sea.

Curator James Wright told Cornwall Live: "It's hard to say exactly why these fish have died but from the photos I have seen they look very fresh and only recently dead.

"This would lead me to believe they washed up alive and didn't die at sea and they all get washed up together. It could be as simple as the fish were in a shoal in shallow water and got caught out by the rough weather to mean they ended up on the beach".

The mystery at Marazion remains!

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Lots of people have commented on Pirate FM's Facebook page as to what might have caused it.

Charlie posted: "I reckon a trawler has picked to many up and had to dump them".

Steve wrote: "How many times has this got to happen... and the commercial fishing fleet still harp on about fishing sustainable?"

James replied: "I Can understand where you are coming from but please don't tar all 'commercial fishing' with the same brush. Most fisheries have taken massive steps to become more responsible in recent years especially inshore fishermen".

George said: "The fish on the beach are caused by Cornish ring netters' who are not allowed to land mackerel they ring. Them close to sure wind them up in a tight bunch where they suffocate when they realise its mackerel or a mixed catch they let them go where a proportion of them wash up on the beach". 

Tal posted: "Sure I've seen on wildlife docs sardine herring type fish spawning in shallow water, tide line at night. Salmon around this time are travelling up our rivers to spawn and die on mass.lots of fish species seem to behave similar to ensure next generation; aren't stocks of these species increasing?".

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