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Molasses-fish kill necropsy results inUPDATED 7:27 PM HST Sep 27, 2013Video Transcript
big local stories of the day... Early results of the laboratory tests on fish killed by the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor are in. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has the latest on our continuing coverage. It's all about getting to dying fish-- fast. An immediate necropsy is key to getting the best clues about the molasses fish kill. Of the tens of thousands of dead and dying fish found in the harbor-- about 15 made it into the federal laboratories of wildlife specialist Thierry Work in the early days of the disaster. Thierry Work 10:14 -10: 19 - "These fish decompose rapidly. The minute they die the tissues start decomposing," Pouring over fish parts is part of the daily work in the Us Geological survey facility. This batch is for another marine survey. But as part of the molasses study, Work necropsied an eel and coral and a variety of fish. - Thierry Work 11: 27- 11:40 "Gobis, we had a goat fish. We some aweoweo, and we had some shrimps that they found that were acting abnormally they were at the surface trying to breathe, The fish tissues including the gills were sent to a mainland lab. The results arrived yesterday and Work will spend the weekend analyzing them. -- 1220 -12:24 -"These tests are really expensive so we cant afford to do every laboratory tests for everything," But he says the initial snapshot is that the fish were deprived of oxygen. Theirry Work 28: 46- 29: 58 - "Basically it was a non- selective cause of death. When you take away oxygen everything dies its a classic case of killing of animals," The tell tale sign was dark colored gills. - 15:22- 15: 46 - "When you start running out of air you turn blue.Your skin turns blue, nails turn blue. In fish, when you have gills bright red, they become dark red because there is no oxygen in the blood to make it red," The spill didn't appear to threaten other marine life like this turtle, and there had been a sighting of a monk seal in the area. But Work would like to think this massive fish and coral kill will help guide new policies to protect the marine environment. - Thierry Work 28:10 -28: 15 - "I'm hoping. Lord, knows we need to have increased awareness because we are not treating our coastlines very well," Yesterday, the state disposed of the five thousand pounds of rotting fish under a plan to turn the remains into organic fertilizer. But scientists are still watching the sea floor and reefs closely. 25:38 -25:47 -" We know there was a huge die-off of fish, and a large amount of coral died How it recovers, no one really knows?," cc 4 news. On the Big Island ...