Thousands of Tons of Dead Creatures Hit Chile’s Beaches


At the start of this year, an estimated 40,000 tons of salmon and some 8,000 tons of sardines washed up the Chilean coast as a result of El Niño.

Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Niño freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile’s Pacific beaches in recent months.

Thousands of dead clams pictured on the shores of Chiloe Island.At the start of this year, a surge in algae in the water choked to death an estimated 40,000 tons of salmon in the Los Lagos region, where the Andes tower over lakes and green farming valleys down to the coast.

That is about 12 percent of annual salmon production in Chile, the world’s second-biggest producer of the fish after Norway.

This month, some 8,000 tons of sardines were washed up at the mouth of the Queule River. And thousands of dead clams piled up on the coast of Chiloe Island.

On the shores of Santa Maria Island off the center off Chile’s long coast, cuttlefish have been washed up dead in the thousands.

Scientists largely blame the anomalies on El Niño, a disruptive weather phenomenon that comes with warming sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.

Chiles has 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) of Pacific coastline making it highly vulnerable to El Niño.

3 thoughts on “Thousands of Tons of Dead Creatures Hit Chile’s Beaches

  1. I notice how this article claims that “Scientists largely blame…” without actually naming any of these so-called scientists. Like Professor so and so or Dr. Whatsisface.
    I don’t think any real scientist would want their names involved with this article. I don’t have a Phd in anything and even I know that sardines CAN AND DO EAT ALGAE.
    Now, I could see some of the really dumb sardines choking on their food. I mean it happens to humans. Happened to Mama Cass…supposedly. Ham sandwich.
    What I can’t see is 8000 tons of sardines all choking on their food almost all at the same time. Seems kinda unbelievable to me. And it probably is. Unbelievable.

  2. This is because of Fukushima and the tons of radioactive waste that they are pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

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