- 17 August 2010 | Environment
While Barack Obama swims in the Gulf of Mexico, beachgoers in Fairhaven, Massachusetts were met with a nasty surprise last week when thousands of dead fish washed up on local beaches, causing a smell one young interviewee described as "wicked bad."
The dead fish, all of them menhaden (a species belonging to the herring family), also washed up en masse along the Delaware Bay in New Jersey.
Environmental experts are unsure of why the fish are dying, but don't believe pollution, a broken commercial fishing net, or toxic algae blooms are to blame.
The best explanation thus far is a lack of oxygen in the unusually warm water.