On the heels of a mysterious fish kill on the Arkansas River, the Maryland Department of the Environment said that tens of thousands of small fish have died in the Chesapeake Bay because of the stress of the cold water.
Spokeswoman Dawn Stolzfus said reports of a fish kill started coming in last week from Calvert County and Kent Island.
Stolzfus said the types of fish that have died are menhayden, spots and croakers.
She said the fish usually swim to warmer waters before the severe cold weather that the area experienced in December. There is no word on why the fish didn't do that.