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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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:iconalterbr33d:
alterbr33d Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen dead fish like that before. 
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Dr-Fawkes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
This is both sad and scary, like a horror fantasy.
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:iconbhalstead:
bhalstead Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Photographer
A really thought-provoking juxtaposition.
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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.
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Sofiwick Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Photographer

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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

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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:(
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:iconburnbrae:
Burnbrae Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Sad sight but incredible shot!
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Masterpiece
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PurpleAnimeArtFreak Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, I thought it was photoshoped until I read your description. :o That's horrible. I mean, nice shot and all, but the fish, that's horrible.
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diegio1996 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning photography, nice capture! :D
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:iconphotorip:
photorip Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic photograph.... love the location. 

Such a lost to the ecosystem!
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Daramoon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Oh dear.....
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:iconreznor666:
reznor666 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
:( how come there is so little oxygen in those waters?
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:iconraquelvonkaminaru:
raquelvonkaminaru Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very sad....
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:iconphototell-dot-net:
phototell-dot-net Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Fantastic multiple focus!  Great lighting as well.
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:iconerezmarom:
erezmarom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Multiple say what?
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phototell-dot-net Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
It appears as if you used multiple images focusing (using differing focus points and depth of field levels) at different distances in order to get the closeup and distance clarity. Am I mistaken?
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:iconerezmarom:
erezmarom Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nope, it's just one shot :)
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phototell-dot-net Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow!
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AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow...
Great shot though *.*
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:iconlucifersdream:
lucifersdream Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
wow, this is a hunting image
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:icondragonfuture:
dragonfuture Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely terrifying and yet, hauntingly beautiful.
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:iconragnaice:
ragnaice Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot. I can't imagine the smell :/
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eflo23 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
prophecy....Hosea 4:3  Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
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AlekimOneira Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
So impressive! Really striking image! :clap:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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PanserPop Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I didn't think this shot was real.
But, only because, I never thought I'd ever see something like this.
That's really sad but, great work!
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:iconmontygm:
montygm Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Stunning and tragic shot Erez. Beautiful shot.
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:iconmarianne95:
Marianne95 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this looks so surreal. Tragically beautiful.
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JawaHunter003 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
powerful

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:iconk1ndza:
k1ndza Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
New life will be reborn from it, it is the cycle of nature.
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GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is so depressing... 
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible shot. Very powerful. I drove by there with my friend from Reykjavik and she told me that this sometimes happens.
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GersifGalsana Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Writer
A good image of Ragnarok. The Jotuns remain, life comes and goes and they remake the world. Mythology is just a way of telling the story of existence through experience. This is one of your best photos even if it is a sad one. Life isn't all pretty pictures and happiness. Life is hard, death is a door and the mountains endure ... My Icelandic grandmother would have understood your picture. She lived through some very hard times in the Iceland of the late eighteen hundreds.
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nyokoa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
amazing!
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Some caused by pollution like people suggested, but I more likely believe it's because of the algae and aquatic overpopulation.
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blue-hamu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you talking about overpopulation of algae or the fish? O.o Algae and cyanobacteria releases oxygen into the water, although too much of it in the water may inhibit light penetration to the deeper layers and kill other photosynthetic organisms, leading to eutrophication, and oxygen depletion due to the sudden spike in decomposition. The occasional red algae bloom (red tide) could also kill the organisms that eat them. Fish, on the other hand, are just terribly underpopulated. Besides a few invasive species with population booms, most fish stocks (80%) are at or over the threshold of economic collapse, with many more heading to ecological collapse. It really doesn't help that elevated carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are increasing the acidity of the oceans with the two-stage carbonic acid chemical reaction. This inhibits many organisms (including micro-plankton) from forming carbonate shells...that's kinda ruining the whole bottom trophic level of the marine food chain (excluding the organisms that rely on oceanic vents). I thought it was more like, eutrophication-ish. Could you elaborate on what you meant?
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In am indeed saying that an extreme amount of algae in underwater, especially the blue algae, will only release CO2 no matter it was nutrinated or not. But of course, this only happens at lakes, not the ocean. As the scenery and the species of dead fishes suggested they're fresh-water species, maybe I am wrong. 
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blue-hamu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...the blue-green algae (photosynthetic bacteria) don't release CO2 on their own...the photographer said the photo was of herring in a bay...both suggesting saltwater...
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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Since when my teacher told me that herring is fresh water species......? Now I get a point. 
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blue-hamu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Herring are forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast. The most abundant and commercially important species belong to the genus Clupea, found particularly in shallow, temperate waters of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic oceans, including the Baltic Sea, as well as off the west coast of South America. Three species of Clupea are recognised, and provide about 90% of all herrings captured in fisheries. Most abundant of all is the Atlantic herring, providing over half of all herring capture.

Herring played a pivotal role in the history of marine fisheries in Europe,[2] and early in the twentieth century their study was fundamental to the evolution of fisheries science.[3][4] These oily fish[5] also have a long history as an important food fish, and are often saltedsmoked, or pickled.

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Dystatic-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Please, good lady, I know what Wikipedia is. I am just using my wrong memory for such comment before.
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:iconblue-hamu:
blue-hamu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I just thought you still thought herring were a freshwater species is all... well, glad that's cleared up :3
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:iconblue-hamu:
blue-hamu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
would you like a primary source instead? XD 
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Synari Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning yet sad. Not only for the lives lost, but also for all the lives these fish could have fed. The low oxygen count causing mass deaths for fish is not the first I have heard of this; it is occurring in many places all over the world. I wonder the extent of the environmental repercussions from said occurrences.
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