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Thousands of dead fish were found in Marina Del Rey Harbor.

Thousands of dead fish surface in Marina Del Rey

Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 - 6:16 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say thousands of fish have died in the waters of Marina Del Rey.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said the dead anchovies, stingrays and even an octopus rose to the surface at a section of the harbor Saturday evening.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was called to clean up the fish.

The silvery blanket of fish on the water's surface created a pungent smell and attracted many seabirds and seals to the marina.

A marine biologist told KABC-TV a lack of oxygen in the water, caused by this week's heat wave, may have led to the massive fish kill.

Similar fish die-offs occurred in Redondo Beach and the Ventura Harbor in 2011. In those instances, the dead fish were later used as fertilizer.

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