by Dianne Depra, Tech Times:
Officials have revealed that about 20 sei whales were found beached in the southern coasts of Chile. Foreign scientists discovered the whales off the Gulf of Penas, informing the National Fisheries Service of the incident.
This isn’t the first time that whales have been found dead along the 2,400-mile coast of the South American country but this is the first instance that sei whales have beached in Chile. This first occurrence definitely has the attention of environmental experts but more so because the sei whale is an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The whales were already rotting when Vreni Haussermann and colleagues discovered them. None of the whales have been injured so their deaths have been tentatively associated with a virus. It is also possible that they may have succumbed to red tide, swept away by currents and taken to Chile.
In his 15 years in the area, Haussermann said he’s never seen anything like it.
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