Freezing weather kills more than 100 fish in Weston-super-Mare's Marine Lake
PUBLISHED: 16:06 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 28 February 2018
The extreme cold weather has resulted in more than 100 fish dying in Weston-super-Mare's Marine Lake this morning (Tuesday).
Mullet carcasses were found scattered across the lake, in Knightstone Road, on the same day that Met Office officials gave Weston amber weather warnings for later in the week, meaning the effect on transport and health risks could be more severe than originally thought.
Roger Holden noticed a considerable number of fish floating on the surface as he walked along the lake.
He said: “Birds were swooping down to peck at them, but decided not to eat them and as a result their carcasses were left floating in the lake.
“Some had blood on their gills, it was a very shocking and distressing thing to see.”
A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “One of our rangers has been down to the lake and the problem is they are simply too cold, which unfortunately has led to some dying.
“Mullet fish are surface feeders, so as they have come to the surface, they have frozen.
“There is still a massive shoal that are alive but they are disorientated and we are trying to move them into warmer water, but it is very hard given the location of Marine Lake.”