Officials and wildlife organizations from all over the State of Florida are investigating the spreading fish kill in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The growing environmental emergency was first discovered on Monday by the Dolphins and Rainbows swim club near Morningside Park in the Tuttle Basin.
As of Wednesday, hundreds of rays were gathered in the shallow shore waters behind Pelican Harbor Seabird Station looking for oxygen. Scientists and volunteers from Pelican Harbor, Frost Museum of Science, Miami-Dade Sea Grant, DERM, and FIU quickly coordinated to provide life-saving aid the the desperate rays and fish crowding into the cove.
Pelican Harbor ran aerated water from their rescue facility while “Andy from Frost Science” brought three aeration tanks to help get oxygen to the rays and other marine wildlife.
By the end of the day Wednesday, the heroic efforts of all involve paid off. Pelican Harbor reported that all of the rays and 96% of the fish in their cove had survived low tide.
Pelican Harbor will continue to monitor the area, and are expecting a likely repeat during low tide in coming days.