'Fish kill' washes dead wildlife on Texas coastal shores

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- Live look in Galveston right now. Cloudy skies and mild temperatures currently. It's 60 degrees in Galveston, a significant warm up from where we have been certainly, but that water temperature is still frigid. The water temperature in Galveston Bay still in the upper 40s, and that has big impacts here to the marine ecosystem, whether you're talking in Galveston Bay or elsewhere.

We actually have some video here of people in South Padre Island trying to rescue, these volunteers rescuing 1,500 stunned sea turtles. When the water gets that cold, the sea turtles freeze up and they don't breathe properly. They can drown, and this isn't just about sea turtles. Look at that video. It's an incredible amount of sea turtles that were saved by these volunteers, but it goes beyond turtles, right?

We're talking about the crabs. We're talking about fish, and we're not just talking South Padre Island. This is all of southeast Texas that was impacted by this. And I talked about this the last hour. The impacts of this system is not just brief. It's not just the immediate impacts that you think of when you're saying, OK, we're going to have the cold weather and the frozen pipes.

That's the primary impact, but then there's secondary impacts like a fish kill and then tertiary impacts which can last years, like maybe an impact to tourism in Galveston if the fisheries are impacted. I had a viewer reach out in Galveston. He showed me photos of the fish kill. Big trout that are just dead, washed up because of that cold water. This is an impact here that could stretch for years to come before things are returned to normal in this marine ecosystem.