OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ)—A very smelly problem. Tons of dead fish are washing up in Ocean City.

Officials say dead menhaden stretched the entire length of Ocean City at one point; some even reached Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

Captain Kent Bucksom, Rehoboth Beach Patrol, says he was notified of the wash-up Saturday afternoon.

“Around 2-2:30 p.m. I got a call in my headquarters from a couple guards saying a couple of fish had washed up, and the shoreline was saturated with thousands of them,” Bucksom said.

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, Rehoboth Beach Public Works put crews on the beach along with the beach sweeping tractor to recover the remains.

Many of the fish had their heads cut off, posing a health risk.

Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, DNREC spokesman, says menhaden are caught in great numbers and are often processed onboard ships. The level of decomposition suggests that the fish had been dead for several days and could have originated miles from the beaches where they eventually landed.

If the fish were caught off the coast, Rhodes says officials are uncertain why or how the catch ended up in the ocean.

Some experts are speculating they were dumped by a commercial boat.

Comments (7)
  1. Mystified says:

    Just like the Crop Circles, sounds like something done by “Man”!! It would not surprise me if these Fish weren’t poisoned!!

  2. pigeon says:

    “Some experts are speculating they were dumped by a commercial boat.”
    One word for widsom’s sake: DAH!

  3. Dean says:

    I was there and saw it myself. The stench was horrible and could be smelled all throughout O.C. (not just on the beach). It must of been a lot of fish to make that much smell.
    The lifeguard said a dead dolphin also washed onto the beach.
    The fish I saw were 8-12 inches and still had heads and fins. Some deformation was below and behind the mouth. I couldn’t study it too much since I had to a child with me who wanted to go swim.
    They let people swim in it. No way, we just left.
    I wish they would do an indepth investigation but I doubt they will.

  4. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


  5. oc oc says:

    It was processed fish i saw it with my own eyes.but dont belive everything you hear.

  6. bill says:

    I was there and saw the dead fish. I do not believe for a second the heads were “cut off” nor that the fish were dumped by a fishing boat. There were far too many to be from any fishing boat. Fish rot from the head and tail first. The fish I saw weren’t all missing their heads and tails, but the ones that were were obviously because of decay. The heads and tails were obviously rotting away and left only the bony parts intact on the head. They were not chopoed off by a clean cut with a knife. There were also reports of a dead dolphin that washed up. I suspect he ate a bunch of the dead or sick fish and croaked as well. I’m virtually certain this was caused by some yet unknown environmental factor, or possibly a man made chemical spill etc. But the fish weren’t dumped by a fishing boat, that’s for sure. That theory is for the half-wits who look for the most obvious reason and not the most likely when all observable facts are taken into account.

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