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Rotting goldfish spoiling beauty of Forest Park's Grand Basin

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Hundreds of dead goldfish are turning up in the Grand Basin in Forest Park. (Credit: KMOV). Hundreds of dead goldfish are turning up in the Grand Basin in Forest Park. (Credit: KMOV).

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (KMOV.com) - The beauty of one of Forest Park's most picturesque spots, the Grand Basin, has become home a graveyard to hundreds of rotting goldfish. 

Dan Skillman, the St. Louis City Commissioner of Parks, said the hundreds of dead goldfish should have never been in the pond in the first place.

"We believe that they're coming from the general public who might be closing out a back yard pond or emptying an aquarium," said Skillman.

Skillman said crews have removed around 200 dead goldfish just in the past week. He said the fish are dying because the water is too shallow and cold for the fish to survive. 

"Over time if not cleaned up, they begin to decompose and they do start to smell just like fish, that normal fish smell," said Skillman.

He said this is creating extra work for his crews and asks whoever is dumping their unwanted pet fish in the Grand Basin to stop.

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