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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 26 May 2017 in Animal & Insect.

These carcasses were embedded in the the beach which is made of shells next to the water. Sand is further up the beach. I've read that the Salton Sea is getting more and more salty as the water evaporates. It's now so salty that only Tilapia can do well there.

Because of the years long drought and the efforts of farmers to limit water use, the Sea is not being replenished as fast as it is evaporating. It's thought that no fish will survive in its waters soon.

There were thousands of these fish carcasses on the beach. These Tilapia were suffocated by low-oxygen water stirred up by winds from the depths. See this article for more. The Sea isn't all that deep at about 52 feet (15.8 meters) at its maximum. This phenomenon occurs every year and yields balls of rotting fish flesh that wash ashore. The odors can apparently be overwhelming. Luckily, I was spared this part of the event.

The Salton Sea
Southern California, USA
Part of The Great American West series.

Devi from Chennai, India

What a sad image here !!!!
Global warming is something serious ! The salt content increasing is only a beginniing ..hope normalcy returns soon.

26 May 2017 5:23am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

L'odeur doit être à peine supportable

26 May 2017 5:44am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Triste phénomène. )

26 May 2017 6:00am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very interesting phenomenon. The smells are certainly not very pleasant.

26 May 2017 6:03am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful and terrible

26 May 2017 6:16am

jean pierre a from France

et certain nie encore les effets du réchauffement climatique au nom de "Dieu Pognon"!! amitiés

26 May 2017 7:37am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Triste réalité de la bêtise des hommmes

26 May 2017 9:35am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


26 May 2017 10:13am

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Unfortunately, every single day we are witnessing such phenomenons.
Nice shot.

26 May 2017 10:15am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Great image...

26 May 2017 11:15am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

A magnificent and interesting image here Steve. Great information about the Salton Sea. 5*

26 May 2017 11:25am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great shot -terrible story (and smell).

26 May 2017 11:47am

willy from Belgium

une triste réalité Steve..

tu fais bien d'attirer l'attention sur ce phénomène


26 May 2017 12:26pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

You have captured the story of this Sea without words in this image.

26 May 2017 3:17pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great photo and story. :)

26 May 2017 3:37pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Very impressive, striking picture of these remains. The technical process that is affecting the lake is very interesting. Reminds me of the Dead Sea in Israel.

26 May 2017 3:39pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Impressiv and superb photo !!

26 May 2017 5:26pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so sad ...! :(
A M A Z I N G !!!!!!!!!

26 May 2017 8:36pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Cannot look

26 May 2017 10:58pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

You depicted the sad scene beautifully.

26 May 2017 11:17pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

I feel sorry for all those fish. The image definitely portrays this interesting phenomenon. The picture in the article was amazing in that the beach was just littered with rotting fish and bones.

27 May 2017 12:16am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle carcasse de poisson séchés quelle iamge originale.

27 May 2017 2:03am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Incredible and sad view.

27 May 2017 4:02am

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

Amazing! Rotting balls of fish flesh....reminds me of Nattering Nabobs of Negativism....not sure why ;-)

27 May 2017 5:15am

Ellebelle from Andoik, Netherlands

The sun didn't bring them any good ............. Great light and I love it!!

27 May 2017 9:55pm

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

Quite a gruesome sight. Like a scene from a horror movie.

28 May 2017 8:55am