SEABROOK, Texas -

It's unsightly and very stinky. Thousands of dead fish washed ashore near Kemah due to oxygen depletion in the water.

Texas Park and Wildlife officials told Local 2 it's a natural occurrence caused by an algae bloom. The algae affects oxygen levels in the water and ultimately can kill the fish. It is more likely to happen in the summer months when water temperatures are warmer.

The situation is already starting to improve and will continue to get better.

There are no plans to clean up the dead fish -- officials say the tide and the seagulls will take care of it. 

Reporter Jennifer Bauer will have more on this story this afternoon on Local 2 News.