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Watery Grave by erezmarom Watery Grave by erezmarom
Tons upon tons of herring found their demise in this bay, smothered from lack of oxygen in its waters. It was a sad scene indeed, a good reminder of life's frailty.
Needless to say, I couldn't bear the smell of fish for a month after this ordeal.

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Canon 5D3
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II
Lee filters, Heliopan CPL
Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland
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Dr-Fawkes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
This is both sad and scary, like a horror fantasy.
bhalstead Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Photographer
A really thought-provoking juxtaposition.
ragnaice Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To illuminate this occurence; the word is the fish died from lack of oxygen because there was just too much fish in too little area. The fjord (Kolgrafarfjörður) is bridged - small fjords are sometimes bridged so that people don't have to drive around the fjords - creating a closed space within the fjord and it seems the fish couldn't find its way back under the bridge, the way it came.

Mass fish death in this place has happened twice in the past two years, and almost happened a 3rd time last year but then some measures were taken, like allowing small boats under the bridge to fish the fish so the resource wouldn't get spoiled. But the bigger fish companies who own the large trawlers, it is said, put some pressure on the government to revoke this permission. There is of course tension between the big shots and the small fisheries.

Then they also tried putting explosives into the water to try to drive the fish out of the fjord. It's been a complicated and much argued matter for all involved.
Sofiwick Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Photographer

Hi! This photograph was chosen to be featured in the article "Passion-for-Photo's Best of the Year Feature 2013!" by our group #Passion-for-Photos! Your art is awesome!

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Happy 2014!

stu-arts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist

Really sad. Is this a natural occurrence, or is it our fault again?

Striking image though, very well captured

Sofiwick Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Photographer

Hi! This photograph was chosen to be featured in the monthly news article by our group #Passion-for-Photos and it’ll be also moved to our “Feature” folder! Your art is awesome!

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Ialo-wa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
amazing shot.. poor creatures:(
Burnbrae Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Sad sight but incredible shot!
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