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Monday, August 17, 2009

All The Dead Fish

Today, Ricky was due for a wakeboarding day. It has been awhile and he starts to get a little cranky when he NEEDS a wakeboarding day. So, we packed everyone up, brought along a friend and an Uncle and headed out to the scary waters of Lake Elsinore like we always do. When we arrived at the lake, we noticed some patches of nasty debris floating in different spots in the water. We just chalked it up to the "grossness" that is Lake Elsinore and headed to the launch ramp. Upon arrival, the worker casually let us know that they had just had a "big fish kill over the weekend." WHAT? He went on, "We had about 2 to 3 million minnows die and the water is a little smelly." WHAT THE HECK? I cannot believe I have allowed my son to swim in this water before. I knew that it was nasty but not nasty enough to kill millions of fish! To my complete shock, I hear my husband say, "Oh well, it is what it is. We're gonna go in anyways." Again, WHAT?!
"Ummm, babe? My son is NOT going to swim in that water and I don't think you should either. That is just disgusting. Maybe you should check out the water first before we launch." Ricky and the friend and the uncle went down to the water and came back with the unanimous decision to get the heck outta there! It turns out that the clumps of nastiness we had spotted in the water earlier were dead fish. The lake was full of them and the air was thick with the smell of rotting fish. The man scooping them out said that they died from lack of oxygen which basically says to me that the water is no longer water since a main component of water is know the "O" in H2O?
Well, we got a refund and left that nasty place and I would be just fine to never go there again...however, apparently it takes more than millions of dead smelly fish to deter my husband from ever going there again. So, I will probably find myself at Lake Elsinore at a later date. Ewwww! Gross! We need another local wakeboarding lake...desperately!


Kathy said...

Oh. No. That is just...not okay. I was so afraid you were going to say you guys actually stayed. Whew. I can just see the thick, fish-smelling air. Yuck!

David said...

The O in H2O is oxygen, but if you had kept awake in your chemistry class you would know that air (oxygen included) dissolves in water as microscopic bubbles, enabling the gills on fish to extract that oxygen. We would have explosive clouds of hydrogen over our lakes and ponds if the fish could pull the O out of H2O