Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The smell of the wild

(Left) The pungent corpses of Gulf menhaden fish, also called commercial pogy, rot in the sunlight along a one-mile stretch of Sea Rim Park on Wednesday, August 10, 2005. Authorities said a commercial fishing net broke and spilled several hundred tons of the fish.

(Below) The shell of a crab lays atop a pile of Gulf menhaden fish. The fish have washed ashore since Saturday.

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

(Right) Gulls pick through the scraps of rotting Gulf menhaden fish near a sun bather. The fish are used in fertilizer, cat food and some cosmetics for their strong oil. The fish pose no environmental danger or danger to humans.

If the muddy water, black seaweed infestation, bull sharks and alligators weren't enough of a deterant for vacationers, here's one more to add to the list. However, Sea Rim Park always has something new to see. :-)

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