A severe drought in West Texas has left the OC Fisher Reservoir in San Angelo State Park almost entirely dried-up. What remains, is a stagnant pool of dead fish that is a deep, opaque red.
While the reservoir has never been completely full, it was stocked with catfish, bass, sunfish, and other popular targets for fishermen.
Now, it is a small puddle of red water.
The color has some apocalypse believers seeing the end of times. Drawing connections to quotes from Revelations, several preachers have pointed to the lake as a sign of the end of the world.
"The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died," Indiana preacher Paul Begley claims in a YouTube video. "The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood."
However, Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries officials say the bloody appearance is simply the result of Chromatiaceae bacteria, which thrives in oxygen-deprived water.
While the diminished lake may not be a sign of the end of times, it is the end of a popular fishing and recreation destination.
"It's just heartbreaking," said Charles Cruz, a fish and wildlife technician with Texas Parks and Wildlife in San Angelo, Texas.
OC Fisher is not the only reservoir that has taken a hit. Reservoirs across Texas have shrunk while the state copes with the severe drought.
75% of Texas is in an "exceptional" drought this year, the highest level according to the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC). While the state had prayed for Tropical Storm Don last week, the system dissipated and brought just an inch or two of rain to the Texas coast.
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