Residents in eastern China woke up earlier this week to find the river that runs through their city had turned blood red.
“The other night folks smelled something strange. Then the Wenzhou river turned red, blood red, and nobody knows why.”
While officials aren’t exactly sure what caused the discoloration, it’s likely not the beginning of a biblical plague — or even actually real blood. Media in the United States seem just as confused about the incident.
“Environmentalists suspect that it may be from someone illegally dumping coloring into the waterway.”
“But the river banks are covered with garbage. For now inspectors are taking water samples for closer analysis.”
Chinese outlets report a paper company, clothing-maker and food coloring manufacturer all lie along the river and could have something to do with the incident.
This incident mirrors a 2012 phenomenon when China’s Yangtze River turned a similar bloody tinge.
According to the Daily Mirror, authorities claimed that incident was the result of sand distribution from upstream flooding.
And mysterious pollution in China has made headlines for years.
Last year more than 2,800 dead pigs were found floating in the Huangpu River — the main drinking water supply for Shanghai and its 20 million inhabitants.