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More than 100 fish found dead in private pond

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Published: Aug. 15, 2017 at 10:48 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- A man was on his morning walk when he found the dead fish floating in the private pond, but an expert sheds light on why these fish kills are not uncommon.

Steve Franks was on his usual Monday morning walk when he noticed a foul fish odor coming from a pond on Sunset Drive.

"The closer I looked, I thought I saw leaves on the pond and closer I got, I noticed it was fish on the pond ... floating on top of the pond," said Steve Franks.

Steve said more than 100 fish of all different sizes were dead and floating.

He snapped some pictures that got posted on social media by his brother and got people talking.

"Well everybody was really concerned about it -- health wise and also just the beauty of the pond and wanting to keep up the beauty of it," said Lloyd Franks.

Though the sight and smell caused some worry, Noble Research Institute Wildlife and Fisheries consultant, Mike Porter, says a fish kill is not uncommon in the summer and is likely due to lack of oxygen in the water.

"I have looked at hundreds of ponds that have had fish kills in my lifetime and more than 90 percent of them are caused by lower dissolved oxygen," said Porter.

Something Porter says could be caused by recent high temperatures.

Also, he says the heavy rain made the water more cloudy and some organisms died from a lack of sunlight, causing them to decompose, making less oxygen available for the fish.

"it would be better to remove them both for the neighbors quality of life as well as to reduce the risk of another fish kill," said Porter.

Porter says even the best managed ponds experience fish kills.

"It's still a beautiful pond I think, just the health concern about getting it cleaned up is the main thing," said Lloyd Franks.

"It's just a shame that all them fish died like that. It's kind of heartbreaking," said Steve Franks.