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Aug 1, 2014 6:19 PM by NBC News

Millions of dead anchovies in harbor shut down boat ramps

(KSBW) Millions of dead anchovies have shut down California's Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.

"We were just really inundated by a big school of fish that overwhelmed the air capacity of our aerating system," Harbor Master John Haynes said.

Armed with nets, workers skimmed the ocean surface between the docks Thursday and filled giant dumpsters. There were thousands of dead fish floating on the surface, but there were thousands more dead on the bottom.

The harbor master is asking for help and volunteers.

"There's more fish than we can handle at this point. We have more people showing up, but there's still a lot of fish," Port Engineer Mike Hopper said.

The harbor remained open while the clean up process continued, but some merchants believe business won't do well this weekend because of the stinky smell.

Before the fish died, they created a dazzling sight while they were swimming toward the harbor and thousands of shearwater birds dove after them on Wednesday afternoon.



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