Underwater video uncovers mass kill from Matson molasses spill - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL(HawaiiNewsNow) - The molasses fish kill is even worse than expected, according to the state Health Department and marine biologists.
"This is the worst environmental damage to sea life that I have come across, and its fair to say this is a biggie, if not the biggest that we've had to confront in the state of Hawaii," said Gary Gill, deputy director for the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department.
With 233,000 gallons of thick molasses sinking to the bottom like a rock, we asked Roger White of Cool Blue Scuba to dive in with his camera and document the damage.
He surfaced with a bombshell: "There's nothing alive down there at all. Everything down there is dead."
They're saying this is worse than even an oil spill -- oil spills float on top, this stuff dispersed, descended, and captured or consumed the oxygen the local wildlife needed to survive. Everything that died down there suffocated.