NJ Man Finds School of Live Fish in Swimming Pool After Sandy

Monday, Apr 22, 2013  |  Updated 11:43 AM EDT
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A New Jersey man found a school of small fish alive in his swimming pool when he pulled the cover off nearly five months after Sandy's floodwaters had receded.

Robert Castellano was preparing to get the in-ground pool behind his Belmar home ready for the season when he spotted the 15 fish, which he believes are minnows.

Castellano tells the Asbury Park Press he winterized the pool with chemicals in September.

He believes the fish have been surviving on algae since flooding from the October storm submerged the yard in 3 feet of water. 

He said he's amazed they're still alive, and that they eagerly came up to the surface for a meal of bait fish he offered them.

Castellano plans to trap the fish and return them to nearby Silver Lake, one block from his home.

Hundreds of pounds of dead fish were found in a high school two blocks away after Sandy.

“What’s amazing is the tenacity of these guys. It goes along with the what I see from the rest of the Jersey Shore people,’’ Castellano told the paper. “We are still digging out and surviving.”

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