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Puzzle over mass death of fish in Siberian lake

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 May 2015

Thousands of carp washed up, but who or what killed them?

The fish - believed to be carp and grouper - were seen dead en mass on 14 May. Picture: local residents

Shocked locals have posted pictures of the dead fish amid suspicions they were killed by explosions as officials melted winter ice to prevent flooding. 

The disturbing scene was at Lake Khatyng, in the Sakha Republic, the coldest region in Russia. The fish - believed to be carp and grouper - were seen dead en mass on 14 May. 

Locals in Tulagino village blamed the dynamiting of local rivers to prevent ice causing dams on rivers, so leading to flooding of villages. But representatives of the Ministry of Emergencies in the republic, also known as Yakutia, denied being responsible for the dead fish. 

A spokesperson said: 'On 13 May we did blow up the ice, but the work was near the village of Namtsy, almost 100 km from Tulagino. Even if we assume that fish died because of the explosion, it is unlikely that they were carried such a distance.'

Dead fish


Dead fish


Dead fish

None of the dead fish showed signs physical damage which can occur among those close to river explosions. But experts say that river explosions mainly cause internal damage to the fish. Pictures: local residents

The Emergencies Ministry even expressed doubts about the authenticity of the pictures.

Village official Anna Neustroyeva said: 'The photos are real. Yesterday, on the surface of the lake, there were a large number of dead fish.'

She claimed the likely cause was not explosions but 'a lack of oxygen' under the winter ice, with temperatures having fallen to minus 50C during the winter. 

While fish survive under annual harsh conditions, it seems that this year the frost was so strong that there were no breaks in the ice, depriving them of oxygen. Head of the regional nature protection inspectorate Kirill Alchin also supported this theory. 

None of the dead fish showed signs physical damage which can occur among those close to river explosions. But experts say that river explosions mainly cause internal damage to the fish.

Others have demanded tests for poisoning in the lake. The water need to be checked,' said one. 'There can be pollution.  They need to check the water.'

Comments (3)

the emergencies ministry, trying to deny the pictures-WAKE Up,mankind ruined this once beautiful planet- what did you think was going to happen-how many chances and warnings have we been given, we took creation and sold it for our own personal gain. Now God has decided enough is enough and is about to claim the earth back. Thou shall not kill,the billionaires in their bunkers- they really think they can escape the wrath of GOD- stupid people, thinking they can decide who or lives or dies. Our piers have also become our judges, they just don't get it- only GOD can judge us- the bunker billionaires will also be judged- its easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle - than for a rich man pass into heaven- they cause it then think they can hide from it you will be judged along with the rest of us- see you on the flip side RIP humanity
Nigel Raymond Butterfill, London
07/07/2015 21:39
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This is very sad. The comments are given for this mass mortality. But who is really responsible for this, people would like to know.
Zafar Iqbal, Lahore, Pakistan
19/05/2015 18:47
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What a pity, very sad. Thanks to tell us the résults of scientific research about this problèm. Is it the first similar event ? what do elderly think about this?
Jocelyne, FRANCE
18/05/2015 16:46
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