SYDNEY, April 9, 2010. / Correspondent. ITAR-TASS Dmitry Reshetilov /. Unknown disease struck Australian groupers, which are also called sea bass. Carcasses of giant fish, reaching a length of 1.7 m, literally strewn northern coast of Queensland from Cairns to the Daintree.
According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Fisheries Queensland Jeremy Thompson, the researchers are not yet able to determine what caused the mass death of fish. According to one of the basic versions, groupers die from sepsis caused by a bacterial infection, the origin of which remains a mystery.
"The infected fish may show bacteriological examination — said Thompson. — However, we encourage the local population to resist the temptation not what to eat or even touch beached groupers. Another concern is that the giant fish show no signs of damage. "
Groupers — big fish leading the daily life in the open waters near coral reefs. The adults can reach a length of up to 3.6 meters and weigh up to 400 kg.