Human Interest Huntington Beach Oil Spill Cancels Pacific Airshow, Dead Birds and Fish Wash Ashore The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating as more than 126,000 gallons of oil spilled five miles off the coast of Huntington Beach, California, on Saturday By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is a Staff Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 3, 2021 11:52AM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Michael Heiman/Getty A large oil spill in the Pacific Ocean has reached the Southern California coast, causing dead fish and birds to wash ashore in Huntington Beach. On Saturday, around 3,000 barrels — or about 126,000 gallons — of oil spilled off the California coast, posing what Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr called a "potential ecological disaster," per CNN. The oil is currently leaking from Platform Elly, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley said in a tweet. Foley added that the leak is around five miles off the coast of Huntington Beach. 'Ecological Disaster': Israel Closes Beaches, Wildlife Harmed After Oil Spill in Mediterranean Sea In a follow-up social media statement, Foley added that dead marine life have begun to wash up on land as she shared photos of oil appearing on the beach. The oil spill was first reported to the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday, the organization confirmed in a tweet. Huntington Beach officials also said during a news conference that they are now telling individuals to refrain from going near the water and not to swim, surf, or exercise by the beach, KCBS reported. Individuals who come across wildlife that have been affected by the spill should not approach the animals and should instead contact the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at (877) 823-6926. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The cause of the major oil spill isn't yet known. Huntington Beach announced in a press release that the Coast Guard "is the lead agency coordinating the response into the spill incident, and the investigation into how the spill occurred." As of Sunday morning, "the leak has not been completely stopped," Huntington Beach added in their statement. "Preliminary patching has been completed to repair the oil spill site," however, and "additional repair efforts will be attempted," the press release stated. RELATED VIDEO: Amazon Rainforest Fires Threaten Climate Change Efforts — What's at Stake for the Planet The final day of the Pacific Airshow has also now been canceled due to the spillage. "Due to an oil leak off of our coast, the City of Huntington Beach has made the decision to cancel the final day of the 2021 Pacific Airshow scheduled for Sunday, Oct 3rd," event organizers confirmed.