Fish experts have been unable to shed light on why scores of dead fish were seen in the sea near uShaka beach in Durban earlier this week.
Divers Selwyn Rautenbach and Carl Stow said they came across 20 to 30 dead fish, mainly shad, lying on the ocean floor, about 50m offshore, on Wednesday.
“We were going to dive at the wreck of the Ovington Court, but we didn’t stay in very long because the sea was dirty and smelly.
“The dead fish were lying in more or less a straight line, with their mouths and gills open. There were probably many more further along the backline, maybe a couple of hundred, but we cancelled our swim,” said Rautenbach.
Stow said he did not think the dead fish had been dumped by fishermen as there were no visible hook marks or other wounds.