In Redondo Beach, Calif., hundreds of thousands of anchovies clogged the marina. Scientists said it could have been either a violent storm that chased the fish into seeking a safe harbor, or the fault of red algae that chokes oxygen supplies along the Pacific coast every spring.

In New Jersey, 26 seals have been stranded along the beach, malnourished and parasitic.

As with the first round of mass animal deaths, these events are not unprecedented. The Post’s Brian Vastag reports that in 2007, 68 dead dolphins washed ashore in Texas. And since 1991, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration formed a marine mammal quick-response team, there have been 50 large-scale death events involving seals, whales, manatees and dolphins in U.S. waters.

(Via the Atlantic Wire)