POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:38pm
Residents of Pawley's Island in South Carolina woke up to tens of thousands of dead fish stretching a mile and a half long.
Pawley's Island wasn't the first place this week to see the dead Menhaden fish on their shores. Last year, an influx of star fish were found on the same beaches.
The state announced they would look into what may have killed the fish and have since taken water samples. So far officials have confirmed that hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, caused the fish kill.
The dead fish are washing out to sea and with the help of the sea gulls the shore will soon be clear.
Menhaden fish, typically used by fishermen as bait, are a small, silver fish, whose oil is used in vitamin supplements, lipstick and livestock feed.