Shoals of dead fish blanketed part of a big lake on Wednesday (4 May 2016) morning in the southern Chinese city of Haikou, capital of Hainan province. Some 40 cleaning workers were sent to the bank of the Hongcheng Lake to clear away the fish. By noon, the workers removed more than 20 tons of dead fish which were suspected to have floated to the lake from another place. The cause of the death of the fish is still unknown and local authorities are investigating into it.
Dead fish float in the Hongcheng Lake in Haikou city, south China's Hainan province, on May 4, 2016. Imaginechina/AP

35 Tons of Dead Fish Appear in China Lake

May 06, 2016

Thirty-five tons of dead fished recently floated into a lake in China.

According to USA Today, the yellow and white members of the herring family were likely caught in a tidal surge that pushed them into a pumping system, which dropped them into the lake in Haikou city.

More than 100 workers were dispatched after the fish began appearing Wednesday to dredge them out of the water and send them to an incinerator to ensure they wouldn't be sold.

According to a tweet by China's state newspaper, the workers cleared more than 20 tons of fish in five hours.

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