Temperatures have dropped significantly following last week's heat wave and authorities say that has led to the summer's first fish kill in the east.
The State Division of Water Quality says there are at least 6,500 dead fish in Twin Lakes in Chocowinity, Beaufort County, as well as run-off creeks and tributaries.
Environmental workers and residents say seeing the fish is one thing, smelling them is another story. Chocowinity resident Philip Nepper says, " That's the way it is, you have to ride it out. It won't take them long to get out."
Jill Paxson with the DWQ says she thinks this is only the beginning of what could be a long, long summer of fish kills. She said as long as temperatures continue to hit triple digits, the death toll for fish will go up.