Thousands of dead fish have washed up at a popular tourist spot in South Australia.

The fish were flushed out of the River Murray and have been washing up at Middleton Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula since Thursday.

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Shocked beachgoers were left pinching their noses due to the smell when the dead carp were washed ashore.

“They look quite hopeless, which is quite sad,” a surfer told 7NEWS.

“They’re kind of just bobbing towards the top surface and there’s lots of them you can feel them squirming in and around your legs.”

Swimmers said the visit was “really disappointing” due to the dead fish.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” a swimmer told 7NEWS.

Thousands of dead fish have washed up at a popular swimming spot in South Australia.  Credit: 7NEWS
Shocked swimmers were left pinching their noses due to the smell. Credit: 7NEWS

Experts say the carp are breeding rampantly in the river’s floodwaters, before being flushed out to sea and dying in the salt water.

However, SA Health says there is no danger to swimmers as families flock to the destination during the school holidays.

It’s expected the fish will be washed back out to sea within days, but experts warn they could wash up again due to extreme weather conditions.

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