COROLLA, N.C. (WAVY) — Dozens of Atlantic Menhaden fish were found washed up onto Corolla Beach Wednesday morning.
Patricia Smith with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries says they were called out to the shore around 9 a.m. to investigate the situation.
Over two miles of the beach was covered with the fish, between mile markers 15 and 17, according to Smith.
In some areas, there was a larger amount of fish on the shore than other parts. Marine Patrol officers who responded to the scene noted the tide was spreading the fish out across the shore.
Smith says they don’t have an exact number of how many fish washed ashore and they are still working to figure out how the fish got there.
There weren’t any visible sores or markings on the fish, Smith says.
After the fog had lifted, Smith says Marine Patrol flew over the area and did not observe any fishing activity off the coast.
Samples of the dead fish have been collected to be tested and examined by biologists. Additional flyovers are scheduled, according to Smith.