Beaufort News

Fish kill at Savannah NWR 'natural'

With the recent reopening of the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, visitors to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge might notice dead fish floating in the water.

This is a natural event that often happens during summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday. High air and water temperatures and other natural factors reduce oxygen in the water, causing fish to die.

The 30,000-acre refuge is home to bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, large concentrations of wading birds and ducks, and alligators. The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.