As the cold weather has gripped most of the country, even sunny, subtropical Sanibel Island experienced record low temperatures. Local fish suffered major losses due to unusually cold water. Schools of Snook found refuge in many of the warmer canals and waterways. Shocked by the extreme cold, fish seemed to be in a catatonic state as they swam in what appeared to be slow motion. In this state, the fish will eventually starve to death.