It seems quite obvious that something monumental is happening in, around or near the Taal volcano in the Philippines. On Saturday, I told you of the 375 tons of dead milk fish (bangus) seen floating on the Taal Lake in Talisay, in Batangas. On Monday, that total dramatically increased to 800 tons, leaving wildlife experts baffled by the sudden deaths. Today, news of another 200 tons of fish. Now, according to the United Kingdom's unit of measure, one ton is equal to a weight or mass of 2,240 pounds or 1,016 kg. Which means that if the total amount of dead fish is 1,000 (800 + 200), then the total poundage is 2,240,000. Two million, two hundred and forty thousand pounds?! Incredible!

Another 200 tons of fish have died in Talisay, Batangas Tuesday night after a sharp decrease in oxygen levels in Taal Lake, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said. A BFAR study showed that the oxygen level in Taal was depleted in half due to the transition to rainy season. BFAR said it may take several more days before conditions at the lake normalize. BFAR is now advising the harvesting of the remaining milkfish in Taal Lake. Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Office is studying if the illnesses acquired by residents in the area are caused by the foul smell emitted by the dead fish or merely due to the change in weather. The Department of Health (DOH) earlier warned the public against eating "double dead" fish. Some people in Batangas province are reportedly eating double-dead fish instead of disposing them. - ABS-CBN News.

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