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Mystery over dead animals found in Worthing lake
Scores of animals have been found dead at a lake – and no one knows why.
About 50 animals, including ducks, rats, rudd and plaice, have been fished out of Brooklands Lake in Worthing by animal rescue service Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service (WADARS).
WADARS senior animal rescue officer Billy Elliott believes algae is causing the deaths and said the council needs to clean up the lake.
He said: “A build up of sediment on the lake bed has made it an ideal place for the algae to grow and the warm weather causes it to rise to the surface rotting and contaminating the water killing birds, fish and mammals.
“I have been down to the lake everyday for the past three weeks and have had to pull out at least two dead animals a day.
“The situation has never been this bad before. Our charity is meant to help the animals before it is too late, and I feel like we are letting them down.“Just last week a mother came down with her child to feed the ducks, and was horrified to discover dead floating ducklings.”
Last week the Environment Agency tested the water for blue-green algae, which has been found in the lake in previous years, but found no trace.
Joe Giacomelli, at the Environment Agency, said: “Our investigations into this incident are ongoing as it is too early to draw any conclusion on its cause.
“Last week we took water samples and these initial tests ruled out the presence blue green algae at that time.
“We are awaiting results of further samples to ascertain whether any pollutant caused this or whether it was a natural event.”
A spokesperson at Worthing Borough Council said the council could not afford to dredge the lake.
xjead He said: “Following a telephone call from a concerned member of the public, colleagues conducted a visit to Brooklands Lake where they observed what was considered to be a ‘normal’ amount (for this time of year) of pondweed on the surface of the lake.
“There were no signs of cyanobacteria. Some dead fish and fowl were identified but the cause of their demise was not apparent.
“It is our understanding that suspected releases of chemicals and other substances into water bodies (surface water or ground water) fall under the jurisdiction of the Environment Agency and we are not aware of any current investigations.”
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