That estimate was way off!
Rather than 36 tonnes, it is now being guessed to be at around 200 tonnes. See photo above.
Read that story HERE.
Based on my calculations, and expanded to the new guesstimate of dead fish, I am supposing an event of some 661,909.1 fish.
If that sounds like a hell of a lot, it's because it is.
However, before everyone starts poking fingers at Japan's radiation causing these sardines to go belly up, just know that this has happened many times before - around the world!
For example, millions of dead sardines showed up in a California harbor. It was suspected - but never proven - that the fish were trapped in an area and died of oxygen deprivation.
Here is a photo of that incident:
Millions of US fish is a lot more than 660 thousand Japanese fish.
Dead sardines. I bet they smelt. Sorry. I couldn't resist.