Officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have been conducting thorough examinations and tests to solve the mystery of why it is thousands of sea creatures have washed ashore dead in the areas of Digby and Annapolis situated in Nova Scotia.
The amount of sea creature graves, including the multiple varieties of them have left the officers confused as to why and how this happened.
Last month there had been sightings of dead herring in the thousands that were reported on St. Mary’s Bay, which is nearby the Digby County.
In the beginning of December, thousands of more herring had also appeared dead in Annapolis, then on Boxing Day, varieties of sea creatures such as lobsters, crabs, starfish, scallops and others had washed up dead as well.
A Puzzling Discovery
The Regional Director General for DFO, Doug Wentzell, stated that according to the current test results they have reached, there seems to be no evidence of any sort of infectious agents that are involved in this matter, adding as well that no toxins have served as a cause for the thousands of dead sea creatures.
Mr.Wentzell says this in itself serves as a positive result, but as of now other viruses that are being tested for do still required a longer time for results.
Too Many Theories
Professor from the Acadia University situated in Wolfville, Graham Daborn, has shared his input into this confusing matter, saying that there is no data that points to contamination or toxic waste being a cause in this dilemma, as the Bay of Fundy generally consists of a very healthy ecosystem.
Mr. Daborn suggests that one possible theory is a sudden drop in the temperature that may have affected the oxygen amount in the water.
However, there are no final conclusions yet to anything, and Mr. Daborn has stated there is no evidence till now anyhow that links a drop in temperature to the thousands of dead sea creatures.