Extraordinary whale stranding in Patagonia intrigues scientists

Having discovered around 337 whale carcasses on the coast of Patagonia in June, scientists from the Universidad de Chile and Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales in Santiago believe they have come across the largest whale stranding ever.

The skeleton of a sei whale.

The skeleton of a sei whale. Image by Urville Djasim / CC BY-SA 2.0

The creatures are believed to be sei whales that typically live in deep waters offshore. Senior lecturer in Marine Top Predator Biology at the University of Aberdeen, David Lusseau postulates that it is likely the whales beached after encountering troubling circumstances in open water, possibly from ‘toxic blooms of microorganisms’, and that it is unlikely they came close to the shore for social reasons. Read more: ibtimes.co.uk

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