Unusually cold temperatures affect farms, wildlife

The Associated Press MIAMI — About 100,000 tropical fish being raised on a fish farm in South Florida couldn’t bear the cold temperatures Sunday.

Michael Breen, 43, owns Breen Acres Aquatics in the small town of Loxahatchee Groves. He said temperatures dropped below 30 degrees overnight, leaving ice on his 76 ponds.

The ponds should be green because of algae bloom that feeds baby fish, he said.

“But all the ponds are crystal clear and fish are laying on the bottom. What we see on the surface died two days ago,” he said, referring to the dead fish found floating Sunday morning.

Breen estimated he lost $535,000 in business because of the cold.

The unusually low temperatures proved also to be a challenge for the region’s wildlife. Large, green iguanas became catatonic in the cold and fell from trees.

Monkey Jungle closed early Saturday. For the first time in at least 30 years, Miami Metro zoo shut its doors because it was too cold.

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