Mexico mystery: Thousands of fish dead in bizarre phenomenon

Mexico - Thousands of fish have died in Mexico as the country's extreme heat wave dried up an entire lake to nothing more than a cracked lake bottom.

Where there was once water, deep cracks formed in the ground due to drought.
Where there was once water, deep cracks formed in the ground due to drought.  © Alex ARZAGA / AFP

Lake Bustillos in the state of Chihuahua has lost more than half of its water, authorities announced on Wednesday.

The low water level could reportedly lead to a high concentration of pollutants as well as threaten animals, plants, and their local ecosystem.

After all, if the fish die, then every animal that was eating or interacting with those fish could also die in a domino effect.

Dogs found emaciated to the bone after being left behind by brazen owners
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The first dead fish were discovered about a week ago on the cracked ground in dried-up areas of the lake.

Removing the decomposing fish carcasses has served to be a difficult task because disposal vehicles have been getting stuck in the mud.

Despite this impediment, resourceful volunteers have already put lime over the dead animals to prevent the spread of disease.

Mexico has been struggling with extreme levels of heat and drought for weeks, with high-temperature records being broken in several cities including the country's capital of Mexico City.

Heat and drought have drained these Mexican fish of all life.
Heat and drought have drained these Mexican fish of all life.  © Alex ARZAGA / AFP
The water in Mexico's Lake Bustillos continues to recede, resulting in mountains of dead fish.
The water in Mexico's Lake Bustillos continues to recede, resulting in mountains of dead fish.  © Alex ARZAGA / AFP

According to the health authorities from Mexico, 125 people have tragically died as a result of the heat wave since mid-March.

Cover photo: Bildmontage: Alex ARZAGA / AFP (2)

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