FOX 35 VIDEO: Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill Could Impact Manatees

By  //  March 27, 2016

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ABOVE VIDEO: It began one week ago, as tens of thousands of fish — more than 30 different species in all — floated to the top along a 50-mile stretch of the Indian River Lagoon. (WOFL FOX 35 VIDEO)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WOFL FOX 35) – It began one week ago, as tens of thousands of fish — more than 30 different species in all — floated to the top along a 50-mile stretch of the Indian River Lagoon.

Authorities suspect brown tide may be to blame.

“They were suffocated. They could not breath,” said Dr. Robert Weaver, the director of the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute.

He said he just received new data about oxygen levels in the lagoon at the the very beginning of a massive fish kill.

“This would be Saturday at 2 a.m. on this line here,” he said, gesturing to a chart that showed there was no oxygen at the depth of water where this sample was taken near Sykes Creek in Merritt Island.

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