Wall of ice with fish frozen in it

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An amazing phenomenon made fish trapped in a wall of ice!

Natural phenomena are always interesting with the exception of the disaster that some of them bring.

However, this recent phenomenon really gathered the people interest and awe. A wall of ice apparently housed a school of fish!

The US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System posted an amusing photo of fish trapped in a wall of ice and it is currently wowing netizens.

As interesting as it may be, it is a sad reality that the fish are already dead as they froze to death in the 4-foot wall of ice at South Dakota's Lake Andres National Wildlife Refuge two summers ago.

CAPTION CALL! What can we say about this unusual photo from two winters ago? It is fish frozen to death in a 4-foot wall...

Posted by USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The photographer who took the fascinating picture named Kelly Preheim explained that a fish kill had happened on Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, thus causing the dead fish to float on the surface and get stuck in the ice.

"The lake levels were low due to drought. The fish kill was due to depleted oxygen. When thick ice (particularly if it gets covered with snow) forms on a lake's surface, it blocks out the sun, and the algae/plants don’t photosynthesize and produce oxygen, thus depleting oxygen levels. If the aquatic plants and algae subsequently die and decompose, this also uses oxygen, further depleting levels, so the fish essentially suffocate from lack of oxygen," he said.

"The fish died and floated to the surface. When the weather turned even colder, the ice expanded pushing it toward the shore where it buckled and went vertical. or it may have been driven there by very strong winds. The thousands of frozen fish on the lake attracted hundreds of bald eagles, various gulls and American crows as they fed on the dead fish. It was quite a sight and it smelled very fishy out there for quite awhile," Preheim added.


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