Hundreds of thousands of dead fish washing up along the Neuse River in N.Carolina, America

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Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves inspects dead menhaden along the shore at Flanners Beach Wednesday morning

A putrid odor fills the air at Flanners Beach Wednesday.

For as far as one can see, dead Atlantic menhaden lay sprawled out across the riverbank, the result of the Neuse River’s most recent fish kill.

Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, says that it is getting worse in numbers of and in size of the dead fish.

“We’ve been seeing the ‘peanut’ or younger ones for a few weeks now, but more of the adults are beginning to show up dead on the shore now,” Graves said. “I’m estimating the numbers to probably be closer to 200,000 now than the 100,000 we first thought it to be.”

Graves said the fish are dying from a lack of oxygen caused by excessive nutrients, such as phosphorous and nitrogen in the water.

He said that algae blooms develop in the water and a bacterium called Aphanomyces Invadans (or A. Invadans) kills the menhaden from the inside out.

Each of the dead fish on the shore has a dime-sized portion of its body near their rectum missing, almost as if something took a bite of them.

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