A massive molasses spill seeping into Honolulu Harbor doesn’t sound too environmentally unfriendly, as it’s only sugar, but it’s killing all the creatures it comes in contact with under water today. This massive molasses spill is coating the ocean and harbor floor, which is covered in dead fish, crabs, and most any wildlife down there, report the divers assessing the damage.
According to the Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 13, the spill is coming off a boat that left the harbor. An estimated 1,400 tons is polluting the water in and around the Honolulu Harbor. The source of the spill was a leaking pipe that transfers the molasses into the ships and has since been fixed, but clean up crews were tripled as of Thursday to clean up the dead fish floating in the area of the spill.
It is feared the molasses spill is inviting sharks and other ocean predictors to the area, such as barracudas and eels. They are swimming in to feast on the dead fish in the wake of this spill. Authorities have warned people to stay out of the water near and around Honolulu Harbor today because of these ocean predators.
Because molasses is made of sugar, the stick thick liquid will dissipate and not cause any harm to people, but until then it is raising havoc with the ecosystem, killing everything from fish to underwater plants, suffocating them. The company that is responsible for the spill, Matson Navigation Company, is working with authorities to make sure nothing like this happens again.
Divers who assessed the area of the massive molasses spill said they’ve never seen anything like what they saw underwater. The murky thick brownish water gives way to the bottom of the ocean floor which is coated with the molasses, giving that an eerie look also.