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Natural Phenomenon

Kuta Beach in Bali reeking from dead sardines

Dec 22, 2009

Bali's famous Kuta Beach front is being despoiled, once again, by hundreds of dead fish or Ikan lemuru (Sardinella longiceps).

According to Nusa Bali, the dead fish carcasses are washing up in several areas along Kuta beach creating a stench of decaying fish that stretches for meters along the beach.

Official from Bali's Parks and Public Hygiene (DKP) service were on stand by with local residents, hauling away the dead fish as they accumulated on the shoreline.

Officials from the fisheries department link the dead fish to a seasonal cycle of plankton growth that poisons the fish.

Fisheries expert say the natural phenomenon will play itself out by February. In the meantime, local community groups and government officials are going their best to remove or bury accumulations of decaying fish.

The public is reminded that consumpton of the dead fish may be a health hazard

Kuta Beach in Bali reeking from dead sardines
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