Extreemly rare Devil’s Hole Pupfish found dead after suspected drunks trespasses in refuge



image_largeIt looks like three men may have killed one of the world’s rarest fish known as the Devil’s Hole Pupfish. This species of Pupfish fish exists in no place on earth except Devil’s Hole in Death Valley National Park, NV.  The National Parks Service is investigating and they are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to these men’s arrest and conviction.

Authorities suspect on April 30th the intrusion left one of the critically endangered pupfish dead. The exact cause of the fish’s death is unclear.  But at the last count in April, there were only 115 Devils Hole pupfish left in the world, the National Park Service said.

“Video footage recorded this man walking on the shallow shelf, potentially stressing and crushing pupfish, which are slow-moving, docile, and as they have no natural predators, curious by nature,” the National Park Service said.

The Devil’s Hole Pupfish is about an inch in length and blue in color.  They are believed to have survived in the same location in the Mojave Desert for tens of thousands of years in a harsh environment that’s usually not an acceptable environment for most fish to survive.
The National Park Service suspects the intruder extensively damaged the pupfish habitat by disturbing the algae and its food supply. The agency is also concerned that the skinny dipper crushed pupfish eggs during the fishes April and May are spawning season.

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