Jamaica: Large number of sea creatures crawled out of the water and died

Jamaica: Large number of sea creatures crawled out of the water and died
Jamaica: Large number of sea creatures crawled out of the water and died

Heavy rainfall that hit Jamaica on 17 August prevented the National Environmental Protection and Planning Agency (NEPA) from investigating the reported juvenile fish, lobster, crabs, sea cucumbers and other marine life.

When The Gleaner's team arrived, alarmed fishermen pointed to stretches of the beach where young fish were dead or dying, and crabs and lobsters crawled out of the sea to die on the shore. Concerned about the threat of the loss of the fishery, which is their only income, the fishermen, not understanding what caused the death of the fish, turned for help to get answers.

"Something in the water kills everything, and the water stinks! We need NEPA to come here and investigate," said one of the fishermen. However, this did not happen as the island was already experiencing heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Grace and the agency did not see fit to expel its staff.

Instead, it turned to another agency that is closer to the beach and whose staff is equally competent in marine science. However, this option did not materialize, since by that time the weather conditions had worsened, and a hurricane warning was announced on the island.

Public education and corporate communications manager Ollivia Anderson told The Gleaner on Friday that given the intensity of the rainfall, the evidence would likely have been washed out to sea by now.

However, the fishermen were worried that something in the water was actually harming the marine life, causing them to flee to shore. They cited as examples the number of young lobsters, as well as the number of crabs that crawled out of the water to die, and the number of dead sea cucumbers that floated to the surface.

They also mentioned a mature octopus found near the shore, which was easy to catch with the hands as it was clearly weakened.

Fishermen called the behavior of wolves mysterious - sea mollusks, which could be seen in large numbers on the rocks. They stated that wells usually come to the surface at night, and not during the day, as it happened. According to them, this is clear evidence that something in the water is harming marine life and changing their behavior.

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