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Fish desperate for oxygen in Russia

Fish in the ponds of St. Petersburg, Russia are becoming increasingly desperate for oxygen, as winter continues.


Dmitry Lovetsky - Associated Press

In this underwater photo taken Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 with a remote controlled camera, fish cluster at an ice hole struggling for air in a pond in a park in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Dmitry Lovetsky - Associated Press

Fish cluster at an ice hole struggling for air in a pond in a park in St. Petersburg, Russia. As the long Russian winter drags on, fish in the ponds of St. Petersburg become increasingly desperate for oxygen.


“The only way to help the fish in this situation is to make more holes in the ice,” says Sergei Titov of St. Petersburg’s Lakes and Rivers Fish Sector Institute.

Associated Press

Dmitry Lovetsky - Associated Press

A woman watches fish cluster at an ice hole struggling for air in a pond in a park in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Dmitry Lovetsky - Associated Press

People watch fish cluster at an ice hole struggling for air in a pond in a park in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Swimmers who brave the frigid temperatures for an invigorating dip find themselves stroking through swarms of fish that flock to the open water. The fish are so thick that humans can easily reach out and catch them with their hands.

Associated Press

Dmitry Lovetsky - Associated Press

A swimmer gets out from icy water with fish clustering at an ice hole struggling for air in a pond in a park in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Not only does ice block oxygen that could be diffused into the water from the air, but it also impedes sunlight from reaching oxygen-generating plants and algae in the water.

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Dmitry Lovetsky - Associated Press

Fish cluster at an ice hole, covered with thin pieces of ice, struggling for air in a pond in a park in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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