Mystery surrounds 100+ dead sharks on Alabama beach.
Wildlife officials are scratching their heads today as they try to figure out what killed more than 100 sharks on a Alabama beach.
Vacationers noticed an odd smell and found the black tip sharks piled on a beach in Mobile Bay. Nearby, a possible clue as to what happened, was a net with more dead sharks tangled in it.
“It definitely caught our attention because I know that is illegal and you shouldn’t be doing that,” vacationer Sabrina Rios told News 5. “We just didn’t know what to do about it.”
Although the net seems a likely culprit, officials won’t know for sure the cause of death for the dead animals until later. Specialists will be performing necropsies on some 57 sharks in the possession of the Marine Resources Division and Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Results are expected sometime on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Rios and her family attempted to deal with the smell by burying some of the dead sharks. But they quickly became overwhelmed with the number of them.
“It seems like such a waste,” she told News 5. “I mean whatever was in the net, it seems like they took it, and then they left the poor sharks there to die.”