Mindoro residents witness ‘unusual’ low tide, find thousands of fish along shoreline

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Mindoro (CNN Philippines, January 13)— Residents of a town in Mindoro province found to their surprise Monday thousands of fish scattered along the beach shore after an unusual receding of seawater.

In the social media post of Mindoro resident Rhoma Rabino Baliña, people can be seen gathering the fish on the shore on San Teodoro town.

Baliña said that it was the first time that thousands of live and dead fish were seen along the shoreline following the low level of water.

The water level was so low that much of the coral reefs can be seen.

Some residents speculate that the unusually low tide is connected to the present situation of Taal Volcano, while other believe that this could also be a sign of tsunami.

This was immediately debunked by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology officer-in-charge Renato Solidum, Jr.

“Pwede namang mas mababang low tide. Pero dahil wala namang lindol na malaki para magdulot ng pagbaba ng tubig, eh hindi po ‘yan related sa anumang tsunamigenic na event,” he said in a press briefing.

[Translation: The low tide can be lower than the usual. But because we did not have any major earthquake to cause residual of water, that is not relate to any tsunamigenic event.]

Stringer Ron Lozano contributed to this story