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CHILE BEACH COVERED IN DEAD PRAWNS

Friday March 22nd, 2013
CHILE BEACH COVERED IN DEAD PRAWNS

Part of Chile’s coastline has been covered by dead prawns. Authorities are puzzled as to what killed the thousands of crustaceans that inhabit the waters off Conception Province. The case is being investigated by Chile's Environmental and Cultural Heritage Crimes Unit who are working with the police to compile as much evidence as possible to determine what caused the disaster.

A spokesman said, 'What we are doing today is compiling the most evidence possible to determine if we are facing some kind of environmental crime.'

Victor Casanova, of Chile's Environmental and Cultural Heritage Crimes Unit, told the press, 'We are going to go out to Coronel Bay to determine the physical temperature parameters, electric conductivity, and above all the oxygen, which is an important issue to highlight.'

This is of one of a disturbing number of similar incidents in recent years along South America’s Pacific Coast. Amongst the thousands of creatures found washed up are sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, dolphins and marine birds.

Environmental experts told the press that causes of death vary depending on the kind of animal and the location. However the unprecedented number of similar cases points towards a handful of possible explanations including viruses, offshore oil exploration, and poisoned food sources.
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