“Millions” of dead fish wash up ashore in Ancol, stinking up the area

It’s been a bad few days for fish in Jakarta.

Scores of small dead fish washed up along the Ancol coastline in North Jakarta this morning .

“The dead fish are found along Ancol beach, from Jimbaran all the way to the other end. Maybe there are millions [of dead fish],” said Police Commissioner Edi Guritno, head of the Law Enforcement Sub-Directorate at the Jakarta Maritime Police, as quoted by Detik today.

Residents are reporting horrid, foul smells coming from the area.

Authorities have not figured out what killed the fish. Samples of the fish were taken to a lab to investigate this extremely strange occurrence.

While the waters around North Jakarta’s coastline aren’t known for being the cleanest, this is a pretty alarming sign that there may be some seriously toxic contaminants in the water. Hopefully authorities will figure out the cause quickly before it affects the capital’s water or food supplies.

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