Experts are warning Honolulu divers, anglers, and surfers to stay out of the water in the wake of the disastrous molasses spill earlier this week. In a press release, Department of Health officials say cleanup boats are still in the process of removing thousands of dead fish from Honolulu Harbor. The stinking fish not only present a possible health problem, but also may attract predators such as sharks, barracuda, and eels. The brown plume is already spreading from the harbor to areas near Sand Island and along the Ewa coastline.
“I didn’t see one single living thing underwater,” diver Roger White told KHNL after taking video of what is happening underneath the surface. ”It was shocking because the entire bottom is covered with dead fish. Small fish, crabs, mole crabs, eels. Every type of fish that you don’t usually see, but now they’re dead. Now they’re just laying there. Every single thing is dead. We’re talking in the hundreds, thousands.”
The video, which can be seen below, was taken three miles from Honolulu Harbor at La Mariana. The grim scene will provide a feast for any predators that come wandering, as long as they come soon.