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Lachs

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Furry creek - Lots of dead Fry
« on: July 22, 2023, 02:30:00 PM »

On a recent visit to the mouth of Furry creek, i noticed lots of dead fry, in the hundreds from what i could see. Any idea what they are ? Who should be notified ?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/198798939@N04/53064301874/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/198798939@N04/53064297524/in/dateposted-public/
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RalphH

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Re: Furry creek - Lots of dead Fry
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2023, 08:08:22 PM »

they may be sand lance or possibly Pacific smelt or surf smelt. Smelt often spawn on local beaches at this time of the year. In the photos they look like the skins of the fish are somehow "digested' as if they were eaten and then disgorged.
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Re: Furry creek - Lots of dead Fry
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2023, 11:06:33 PM »

I suggest that itís a sand lance.

See the fourth pic down. Looks very similar to what you observed.
https://www.centralcoastbiodiversity.org/pacific-sand-lance-bull-ammodytes-hexapterus.html
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Re: Furry creek - Lots of dead Fry
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2023, 03:39:03 PM »

Looks very similar. Still wondering what could have killed them...maybe they got trapped in a pool on a high tide and than the water got too warm or oxygen depleted ?
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