Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed up on a 25-mile stretch of Lake Erie’s northern shore, and Ontario environmental officials say they could be victims of a natural phenomenon called a lake inversion.
The inversion brings cold water, which has lower oxygen levels, to the lake’s surface and fish suffocate.
“Essentially it’s a rolling over of the lake,” Ontario Ministry of the Environment spokeswoman Kate Jordan told The Chatham Daily News. “Something — whether it be a storm, or cooler temperatures at night, or strong winds — triggers a temperature change in the lake.”
Jordan said it was windy and choppy on the lake Friday night, according to a report in The Windsor Star. The fish kill was reported Saturday.
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