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Ras Al Khaimah: Residents of Al Rams area in Ras Al Khaimah woke up on Monday morning to an astonishing sight: a large stretch of the beach was littered with thousands of dead fish.

The small Sardines lined a large part of the 1.6km shoreline

The cause of the mass death was unknown, and the Ras Al Khaimah Environment agency said they are investigating possible causes.

Dr Saif Al Ghais, executive director of the Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority EPDA-RAKsaid the department met in the evening at around 6pm to discuss the incident and identify its cause.

The department formed a team of investigators and reviewed the results of water sample analysis by the Environmental Protection and Development in addition to dead sardine sample analysis.

Dr Al Ghais pointed out that the department had received complaints from the residents of the area on Monday morning as the stench of the dead fish was keeping people away.

Dr. Al Ghais said the preliminary results of the investigation suggested that  fishermen may have overloaded their vehicles, causing some of their catch to fall.

The probe continues.