Rarely do waters get so cold in this region of the country that a massive amount of fish dies all at one time, but that’s just what happened last week in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Water was barely visible when Jeffrey Trout, a salesman at Harbor View Marine in Pensacola, snapped photos of a canal near his home on Jan. 11. Trout estimated he saw at least 4,000 to 5,000 mullet belly up, but that there were “probably more out there.” He believes those fish died from a lack of oxygen and said they ranged from 6 to 12 inches in length.
“It was truly unbelievable,” said Trout, who said he fishes frequently. “I’ve seen (the canal) freeze over twice in 12 years, and this occurred both times. Mullet need air, that’s why they jump out of water.”
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