Saturday, May 25, 2024

NOAA Investigating ‘Abnormal’ Fish Behavior In Florida Keys

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The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating reports of “abnormal” fish behavior in the Lower Florida Keys.

In an Instagram post, NOAA Fisheries writes:

“There are reports of abnormal fish behavior, including spinning and whirling, in the Lower Florida Keys. There have also been reports of fish deaths in these areas—including roughly 30 endangered smalltooth sawfish so far. We’re working with [the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission] and other partners on a first-of-its-kind emergency response effort to rescue and rehabilitat[e] affected smalltooth sawfish.”

NOAA said it would work with partners to rescue the sick sawfish, take them to care facilities and come up with guidelines to stop any further losses.

Sawfish were also in the news earlier this year, when NOAA Fisheries announced it was offering a US$20,000 (~€18,462) reward for information on who injured and killed an endangered sawfish in the Florida Keys.

John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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