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Tens of thousands of fish beached on Sakhalin island following sudden drop of temperature

By The Siberian Times reporter
08 October 2015

Free lunch: Locals brought buckets to collect the surprise bounty of fish on beaches on the Tatar Strait.

Far Eastern Sardines, also known as iwashi, were swept onto the Sakhalin coastline. Picture: Aleksander Kochetkov

Pictures and videos showed the unusual phenomenon as the Far Eastern Sardines, also known as iwashi, were swept onto the coastline. Beaches were literally carpeted with sardines. 

Fish expert Nikolay Kim said the weather conditions had caused 'strong  daily fluctuations' in water temperature. 'In the afternoon it is warm, but at night the temperature falls sharply,' he said. 'The sardines cannot withstand such fluctuations and can be found in a large number on the shore.'

Dead fish on Sakhalin

The unusual phenomeon occured in the southern part of Tatar Strait, in Uglegorsk district. Picture: The Siberian Times

In such conditions, the fish become inactive - and are swept ashore by waves. These sardines are found in  in subtropical waters but in early summer migrate to the south-west coast of Sakhalin for fattening, staying until mid-October. 

News agency Interfax - Far East reported that water in the southern part of the Tatar Strait warmed to 20C, but a recent cyclone led to a sharp decrease in its temperature. 

For locals it was a bonanza, and a free lunch. Experts say the fish are edible.

Beaches were literally carpeted with sardines. Pictures: @ulianaol, Aleksander Kochetkov

Dead fish on Sakhalin

Dead fish on Sakhalin

Dead fish on Sakhalin

Dead fish on Sakhalin

Dead fish on Sakhalin 

Dead fish on Sakhalin

Comments (2)

A fishy tale is this one; but appetising at the same time.
Jaker, Dundalk
19/10/2015 08:17
The Men are destroying the planet itself.
Our climate is changing day by day.
GOD bless our Planet.
Sergio Dias de Oliveira, São Paulo/Brazil
24/07/2017 03:10

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