Rio de Janiero Olympic Lagoon Looks Totally Ready For Competition
Rick Chandler 10:28 pm, April 14th, 2015
One reason that Rio de Janiero got the 2016 Olympics was its pristine, picturesque waterways. Here's the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, where several Olympics events are scheduled to be held in just 16 months. Looks terrific, don't it?
Dead fish called twaite shad have been floating to the surface of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, which will hold canoeing and rowing events. According to the AP, some officials believe the fluctuations in oxygen levels that caused the die-off are a result of pollution, while others believe it has been caused by changes in temperature from rain and high sea levels
Actually the Getty Images photo above was taken in 2013, but the lagoon looks pretty much exactly the same now, according to these photos.
These fish die-offs happen about twice a year at the de Freitas lagoon and its connected lakes. Along with the assorted garbage and other pollutants, not even the fish can survive in there. Cleaning an environmental mess like that is going to take quite a lot of time and effort. Will it be ready for the Olympics?
Well, it could be worse. The fish could be live piranha.
The question of preparedness is a neverending one in Rio, where citizen protests, construction delays and police actions have made the upcoming Games, um, shall we say interesting. So yeah, why not throw a few tons of dead fish into the mix?
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