Video:Mass fish kill from HNL Harbor molasses spill
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The molasses fish kill is even worse than expected, according to the Hawaii state Health Department and marine biologists.
This is the worst environmental damage to sea life that I have come across, and its fair to say this is a biggie, if not the biggest that we've had to confront in the state of Hawaii," said Gary Gill, deputy director for the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department.
We went underwater off Sand Island to capture the devastation on camera.
The Health Department has added crews to haul away the dead marine life, but that's still not enough.
At La Mariana, we found boater Russ Singer scooping out dead fish on his own with a rake.
"it's really sad to see" said Singer, as he filled an entire bucket in mere minutes. He collected dozens of mature puffer fish, eel, and reef fish, all killed by Monday's molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor.
"I can't stand looking at it" exclaimed Singer. "I think it's great if your cameras look at it too so people can really see what the real deal is."
With 233,000 gallons of thick molasses sinking to the bottom like a rock, we asked Roger White of Cool Blue Scuba to dive in with his camera and document the damage.
He surfaced with a bombshell: "There's nothing alive down there at all. Everything down there is dead."
White captured an underwater wasteland. Seven shocking minutes -- with no signs of life anywhere.
"It was shocking because the entire bottom is covered with dead fish" explained White. "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. I didn't see one single living thing underwater."
We were floored to see marine life wiped out on the ocean floor at La Mariana. That's close to 3 miles away from Pier 52, where the faulty pipe dumped the molasses into the water during loading onto a Matson ship on Monday.
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