Place: Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, California
|Salton Sea, a view to the north from Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR|
After leaving SBSSNWR we continued north along the eastern shores of Salton Sea, and in the little town of Bombay Beach we stopped and went for a walk on the beach.
|A salt crusted field lies between the town and the beach|
|Someone went shopping for salt?|
|The white-crusted beach at Bombay Beach|
|This was once a living Tilapia|
|A mat of bones|
Not the work of local fishers but evidence of a large-scale calamity that befell these fish.
That evening I searched online and found that the fish disaster had happened just a few month before. The mass death was attributed to the drop of oxygen levels in the water due to a prolonged heat wave in the area. The stench of the rotting fish, it said, was so strong that it could be smelled at Los Angeles.
|A sea of dead|
|Not just dead fish: the mark of man.|
|Seagulls at Salton Sea|