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Millions of fish dying in Salton Sea

Some three million fish suffocated in the Salton Sea's largest tilapia die-off since 1999. The dead fish clogged a harbor driving away boaters and fouling the air in the Coachella Valley desert.

Some three million fish suffocated in the Salton Sea's largest tilapia die-off since 1999. The dead fish clogged a harbor driving away boaters and fouling the air in the Coachella Valley desert.

Bryan Brinegar is part of the crew wading into the smelly mess to scoop dead fish into barrels. He says there are dead fish in the entire sea. The water near the harbor has so many fish carcasses, it almost appears to be solid sand covered ground.

Salton Sea fish die-offs are the result of natural biological and chemical reactions that sap oxygen from the ecologically troubled lake.

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