Mysterious fish kill on the Tamiami

What caused these fish to die?

About a hundred bass were spotted floating in the canal.

Low dissolved oxygen levels associated with springtime
warming of the canal water caused these bass to die

By the time we arrived it stank and buzzards were on the scene.

At first puzzling was the many gar swimming below.

But that ended up being the ultimate clue:

Gar can surface and gulp air.

The same water was no problem for the gar:
They can gulp air.

Bass can’t.

Why they died in only a short half mile stretch of canal and nowhere else is the next mystery.

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