Thousands of dead fish wash up on Folly Beach

Menhaden fish. (Source:
Menhaden fish. (Source:

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of dead fish are washing up on Folly Beach Thursday.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the fish is called menhaden they likely died as a result of the cold water. Biology crews are out on Folly Beach collecting samples.

The menhaden are a schooling fish and there does not seem to be any unusual circumstances other than a cold kill, according to DHEC.

The large amount of dead fish could be easily seen from the Folly Beach pier, extending great distances in both directions.

The cold has caused problems for other sea animals, including a number of turtles being treated at the South Carolina Aquarium.

An estimated 2 million dead fish were found in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. State authorities believe stress from a rapid drop in water temperature led to the deaths.

That discovery followed reports of nearly 100,000 dead fish in Arkansas and thousands of dead birds turning up in Arkansas and Louisiana over the past week.

None of the incidents have been linked.

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