Fish out of water: Dead fishes rotting under the hot sun at the edge of the pond that has been drained for an upgrading project in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam.
Photo: Asri Abdul Ghani
Malaysia: Stench of fish deaths caused by draining of pond
By Lo Tern Chern, 22nd March 2016;
Thousands of fishes died after water in a pond was pumped out by a housing developer for upgrading works in Bandar Perda here.
The dead fishes comprising mostly the Pleco (suckermouth catfish) (Pterygoplichthys sp.) and Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) breeds lay in shallow sections of the algae-filled pond and emitted a stench as they decomposed under the hot sun.
Also spotted were countless empty shells of a type of small snail which died in clusters in the mud.
A short distance away was a meter-long dead Monitor Lizard (possibly Malayan Water Monitor) (Varanus salvator). Several were spotted scavenging on the dead fishes.
Social media reports had claimed that the fishes died from the heat but a worker at the scene said the water was pumped out so that rocks could be placed around the 4.45ha pond to reinforce it.
“A lot of people came to catch the fishes such as Tilapia when we first started to pump out the water two weeks ago.”
“Once we are done reinforcing the pond, the water will be pumped back into it,” he said.
Source: The Star