JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Back in January 2010, the First Coast experienced a cold snap, which resulted in thousands of fish killed in the area. With the frigid temperatures and hard freeze warning in effect overnight Thursday, will the First Coast experience a similar amount of fish kills soon?
The dead fish were most reported in Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley along the Intracoastal, but other areas in St. Johns and Duval County also experienced fish kills, according to our news partners, the Florida Times-Union.
At the time, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation blamed the air temperatures dipping into the 20s for the first few weeks of the new year. They said the water temperatures dipped faster. The FWC told First Coast News this year that the dipping temperatures already caused marine and wildlife to experience stress and shock, especially among sea turtles.
The worst fish kill on the First Coast was recorded Jan. 11, 2010 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Valley when thousands of fish were reported dead. Hundreds of dead fish were also found in the Intracoastal Waterway on Jan. 14, 2010 along South Roscoe Boulevard. A smaller fish kill of about 100 was reported Jan. 13, 2010 near Marsh Landing and several other kills were reported in other locations throughout St. Johns County.
In Duval County, the damage wasn't as extreme. The worst fish kill was found Tuesday in a retention pond off Aquatic Drive in Atlantic Beach. About 100 tilapia were found dead.
Other creatures were affected by the cold snap back in 2010, particularly 3,000 turtles needing to be rescued.
This year, the rare blast of snow and ice across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia impacted sea turtles, causing the FWC to set up triage centers across the state to help the "cold-stunned" turtles. Also, it was so cold that iguanas fell from their trees.