What's killing herring in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Basin?

Waves full of dead herring have washed up on more and more beaches in Digby County, N.S., over the past week and a half as the mystery continues about what is killing the fish by the thousands.

First discovered in St. Mary's Bay on beaches near Weymouth, scores of herring carcasses have now turned up in the Annapolis Basin.

Ted Leighton, a retired veterinary pathologist, estimates he found 4,000 herring washed up behind his house in Smiths Cove.

"My beach is a direct recipient of a northeast wind, and things tend to pile up," said Leighton. "

So they were very dense on my beach." No other species of fish have been reported dead in the area.

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