Unexplained Mass Deaths Of Park Lake’s Silver Carp Spark Worry

Countless dead fish floating on the surface of a small lake horrified locals and online users alike.

Images captured by an unnamed passerby show a large number of silver carp lying dead in the water of the East Lake in Donghu Park, located in Kunming, in China’s south-western Yunnan Province.

According to witnesses, there have been two instances of lake fish suddenly turning up dead on the surface within a week.


The person who filmed and shared the footage on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, said the horrid event was first observed on 19th December, and then again on the 25th.

On the 25th, the park’s management responded, stating that there are several factors contributing to this situation.

One factor is the toxic substances released from the muddy bottom of the lake poisoning the fish, according to the staff.

Another factor is the lack of oxygen, staff added.

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The park emphasised its concern and stated that they would address the issue as soon as possible.

Many social media users were baffled by the strange occurrence and demanded answers.

One Douyin user titled ‘3066677883676’ commented: “It’s such a shame, so many died.”

User ‘winner’ said: “Where are the experts? Why don’t you speak out? !”

And ‘Naxi’ wrote: “What a pity.”

The silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) is a freshwater fish known for its silvery colour and distinctive appearance.

A large number of dead fish are floating on the water in a park in Anning, Yunnan, China, undated. The reasons are the lack of oxygen and the toxins that causing fish poisoning. (23519438673/AsiaWire)

Native to eastern Asia, it has been introduced to various parts of the world.

Silver carp are characterised by their sleek, torpedo-shaped bodies, large scales, and downward-facing mouths adapted for filter feeding. They are filter feeders, consuming plankton by swimming with their mouths wide open, filtering water through gill rakers.

Often found in rivers and lakes, silver carp play a role in aquatic ecosystems but are also considered invasive in some regions.

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Story By: Simona Kitanovska, Sub-Editor: Georgina Jedikovska, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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