Eye roller: Dead whales beached in Chile, climate change suspected

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From AFP and the “tabloid climatology” department

A dead whale on the seashore of the Coquimbo region. (AFP PHOTO / SERNAPESCA) A dead whale on the seashore of the Coquimbo region. (AFP PHOTO / SERNAPESCA)

Dead whales beached in Chile, climate change suspected

SANTIAGO, CHILE: Several huge whales have washed up dead over recent months on beaches in northern Chile, where scientists suspect they are moving in increasing numbers due to climate change.

After the beaching of hundreds of dead whales in the south last year, the trend has now shifted to areas where the phenomenon was previously rare.

Last weekend a 14-meter (46-foot) fin whale was found dead on rocks at a beach in the city of Coquimbo.

That prompted experts from the state National Fisheries and Aquiculture Service (Sernapesca) to investigate.

They say sea creatures in the Pacific off Chile’s coast are acting unusually.

“We have detected a rise in recorded cases of beached whales on the coast, which is not normal,”…

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