With temperatures soaring near triple digits again on Saturday, many Memphians took the outdoors to enjoy the weather – but came across some disturbing sights.
More than 5,000 fish have been found dead in waters such as Wolf River and McKellar Lake, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
The agency said with temperatures so high, there isn’t enough oxygen in the water to keep the fish alive.
"Once it gets cloudy and no wind, the fish that are in the area where you had a lot of oxygen now all of a sudden have depleted it and they have nowhere to go,” Andy Tweed, with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, said. “So they are stuck here and end up dying."
The water isn't harmful in any way to humans, but only to the fish, the agency said.
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