Residents of San Joaquin, a small fishing town in the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, reported an unusual fish lying in a mangrove swamp, according to El Pais.
The carcass of the strange animal was found through its strong, unpleasant odor that is now worrying the inhabitants of the town. Residents are concerned that it might be detrimental to the environment and cause diseases.
“The smell is unbearable. We already asked the authorities to check it, but they have not addressed it yet,” said Saul Garcés, representative of San Joaquin’s community council.
The main source of livelihood for the residents of San Joaquin is fishing, with many fearing that the animal’s stench will drive the fish away. They attribute the dead animal to the dredging of the ports in the nearby coastal town of Buenaventura. It is also because of this that smaller fish have vacated San Joaquin’s waters.
The Regional Autonomous Corporation of Valle del Cauca (CVC) said that they will send someone to inspect the site, but no one has arrived yet to verify the species and how to remove it from the area.
Latin Correspondent has reached out to the CVC for an update, but they are yet to respond.