According to USA Today,around 21,000 fish have died at a University of California Davis’ aquatic research center this past week.
A number of green and white sturgeon and endangered Chinook salmon were among those of the dead fish.
The University of California Davis shared the probable cause of death in a statement:
“The loss appears to be due to chlorine exposure, to which fish are especially sensitive.”
The fish were used to research “bioenergetics and environmental stressors” on different species, and an investigation has been launched to figure out this failure.
The statement continued:
“We share the grief of the faculty, staff and students who worked to care for, study and conserve these animals. We commit to understanding what happened and making changes to the facility so that we can ensure that this does not happen again.”