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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:26 am | Updated: 9:44 am, Fri Jul 23, 2010.

A serious fish tale is unfolding at Tempe Town Lake. The future of 10,000 fish that until a few days ago were swimming around and waiting to be caught and now face death.

Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman Eric Swanson tells KTVK-TV in Phoenix that most of the fish were swept downstream when one of the rubber bladders of the dam split a seam Tuesday night.

But thousands more remain behind in the drying bed that used to be Tempe Town Lake.

Swanson said they're unable to save the remaining fish because of the high temperatures, rapidly dropping oxygen level, and the large scale and scope of the situation.

Plans are in the works to remove the dead and dying fish to reduce odor and diminish any potential health hazards.

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