Friday 17 November 2017

Thousands of dead prawns on coast of Chile

THOUSANDS of dead prawns have washed up on Chile's coastline – and the authorities are confused about what could have killed them.

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

The incident happened off Concepcion province.

Victor Casanova, of Chile's Environmental and Cultural Heritage Crimes Unit, said police were going to investigate a variety of possibilities.

"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," he said.

A large number of dead sea creatures washed up on South America's Pacific coasts in recent years, including sea turtles, sea lions, dolphins, sharks and marine birds, were washed up on a Peruvian coastline.

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