Thousands of dead anchovies wash ashore in Oregon Coast town
Posted: Jul 29, 2014 9:25 PM Updated: Jul 30, 2014 12:53 AM By Ian Forrest – email
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) – Brace yourself, Seaside. It’s about to get smelly.
Thousands of dead anchovies washed ashore along the Necanicum River in downtown Seaside on Monday.
The anchovies entered the river en masse from the Pacific Ocean and, unfortunately for the fish, there was only so much oxygen to go around.
“There’s just so many fish in this little tiny river that they deplete the oxygen and some of them start to die,” said Tiffany Boothe, of the Seaside Aquarium.
The unusually large anchovy run started to line the river after high tide Monday night.
“I saw thousands of fish and I thought, ‘That’s sad. What’s happened?'” said Penny Russell, who was visiting the coast from Portland. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
For Oregon Coast tourists, it made for a unique sight. For birds, it made for a feeding frenzy.