18 dead whales found in southern Argentina

By | 11 October 2022

Eighteen whales have been found dead in southern Argentina. This was reported by the newspaper Ámbito on Tuesday, October 11.

The article notes that biologist Mariano Coscarella, researchers from the National Center of Patagonia, confirmed the discovery of dead animals in the areas known as Ameghino and Piaggio, on the Valdez Peninsula.

Eighteen whales have been found dead in southern Argentina. This was reported by the newspaper Ámbito on Tuesday, October 11.

The article notes that biologist Mariano Coscarella, researchers from the National Center of Patagonia, confirmed the discovery of dead animals in the areas known as Ameghino and Piaggio, on the Valdez Peninsula.

It is also reported that the southern smooth whale health monitoring program, which aims to study the cause of death of every whale on the Valdez Peninsula, is already working on a hypothesis related to poisoning by algae flowers.

According to the article, according to the Institute for Whale Conservation, this phenomenon is known as “red tides”, after which high levels of biotoxins are found in samples of plankton and bivalves.

The Coast Guard of the Naval Prefecture of Argentina has already begun the task of removing and moving the bodies of dead whales from the coast to other remote beaches, the newspaper reports.

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