Thousands of fish were found scattered along the beach shore on San Teodoro town in Mindoro province on Monday, January 13.

According to a CNN report, Mindoro resident Rhoma Rabino Balino posted on social media that residents gathered on the shore after seeing thousands of live and dead fish along the shoreline after a low level of water.

Residents believe the low tide is connected to the current situation of the Taal volcano, while others believe it could be a sign of tsunami, but Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology officer-in-charge told CNN that it was not related to any of kind of “tsunamigenic event.”

In an interview with DZMM earlier today, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Calabarzon regional director Sammy Malvas said change of temperature and acidity in the like caused by volcanic activity could be fatal for the fishes and other marine life.

Tilapia and the endangered tawilis are some of the most common species of species that could be affected by this. As PHIVOLCS raised the Taal Volcano to Alert Level 4, BFAR personnel said they are currently unable to inspect the area.

Malvas added that even though some marine animals could adapt to the change in temperature, the presence of high sulfur could instead kill them when a volcanic eruption happens.

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