A massive molasses spill off 223,000 gallons has managed to kill a number of sea life at Honolulu Harbor. CS Monitor reports Sept. 13 that the sticky liquid from the massive molasses spill has resulted in a disaster area around the harbor and Keehi Lagoon.
All week the molasses has been seeping into the ocean waters after a ship departed carrying the liquid headed for the U.S. West Coast on Monday. By Thursday many fish had died and the Hawaii Department of Health tripled cleanup crews to three boats. They expect many more dead fish over the course of the next several weeks.
The molasses has coated everything underwater, including the sea floor. A diver inspected the damage and confirmed that "everything climbed out of its hole and the whole bottom was covered with fish, crabs, lobsters, worms, sea fans - anything that was down there was dead."
The report went on to reveal that health department stated although the massive molasses spill wasn't harmful to people, "polluting the water, causing fish to die and could lead to an increase in predator species such as sharks, barracuda and eels."
223,000-gallons is equal to one-third of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. That's enough molasses to make quite a mess for cleanup crews. The spill occurred due to a broke molasses-loading pipe that has since been fixed.
Swimmers, snorkelers, and boaters have been warned of sharks that might be drawn to the harbor and surrounding areas because of the incident.
More will be surveyed into the damage in the coming weeks due to the massive molasses spill.