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Dozens of sharks found dead in Imperial Beach

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Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina Photo: Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina

IMPERIAL BEACH (CBS 8) - Officials say a blocked river mouth resulted in the deaths of dozens of leopard sharks in a stagnant pool of water in the Tijuana Estuary at Imperial Beach.

Crews reopened the blocked river mouth on Monday after contaminated water began flooding streets in Imperial Beach.

The blockage began two weeks ago after sand was pushed southward from Imperial Beach by large winter swells. Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina estimated about 50-100 dead leopard sharks were found in the pool.

The City of Imperial Beach says they worked with officials from the Fish and Wildlife Service to reopen the river mouth after contaminated water began to flood parts of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will be evaluating the ecological impact of the closure on wildlife and habitat in the estuary, however, officials say the dead sharks are clear evidence that the closure had a significant impact.

The Tijuana Estuary is a critical habitat for leopard sharks.

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