First iguanas, now tropical fish prove ski weather is not for them

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 11, 2010 11:21 am

The other day, we reported on the bizarre effect the unusually cold, ski-like weather in Florida is having on iguanas—namely their bodies shut down and they fall out of the trees, though they’re not dead.

We got some emails from you guys asking us if the cold weather is affecting any other wildlife out in Florida, so we did some research. Apparently, while we love this kind of weather, it’s really hurting business in Florida. In particular, there’s a fish farmer in Southern Florida, Michael Breen, who lost 100,000 tropical fish to the cold. That comes out to about $535,000 in lost business. Yikes.

He said the ponds should be green because of algae bloom that feeds baby fish, “but all the ponds are crystal clear and fish are laying on the bottom. What we see on the surface died two days ago.”

Additionally, the Miami Metrozoo closed its doors for the first time in 30 years due to the extreme cold.

More arctic weather is expected for the next couple days in the region. While the snow means booming business in the ski industry, when it comes to these businesses in Florida, “everybody is just wiped out. It’s that bad,” said Breen.