Reading Time: < 1 minute A fish who died on Interstate 40 (Photo: Facebook)
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A North Carolina highway is littered with dead fish left behind as flood waters from category 4 storm Hurricane Florence recede.

A video shared online shows firefighters from Penderlea Fire Department using a hose to wash away what appears to be hundreds of dead fish along one stretch of highway.

Dispersed along Interstate 40, the fish were reportedly pushed there from their natural habitat.


A post from the fire department read: “This is on a stretch of I40 in Pender County North Carolina near Wallace.

“Hurricane Florence caused massive flooding in our area and allowed the fish to travel far from their natural habitat, stranding them on the interstate when waters receded.”

According to CBS, the highway was still closed to the public as of Saturday.

Animal deaths

A massive number of other animals, domestic and otherwise, have suffered or died as a result of the hurricane.

While deserted animals – some of whom drownedovercrowded shelters in the Carolinas, millions of drowned animals classified as ‘livestock’ have been thrown in dumpsters after suffering ‘brutal’ deaths.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.