Posted by: The ocean update | July 21, 2016

70 whale corpses discovered in Chile

Handout picture released by Sernapesca on Jul 20, 2016 showing dead whales found in the Chilean Patagonia seashore, near the port of Aysen. (HO/SERNAPESCA/AFP)

Handout picture released by Sernapesca on Jul 20, 2016 showing dead whales found in the Chilean Patagonia seashore, near the port of Aysen. (HO/SERNAPESCA/AFP)

July 21st, 2016. SANTIAGO : Some 70 dead dolphins have been found in southern Chile less than a year after more than 330 Sei whales washed up in a remote Patagonian inlet.

The animals are not of the same species discovered in last December’s die-off, the biggest single event of its kind known to science, the Chilean fisheries service said.

“They are smaller than those we saw last time,” national fisheries director Jose Miguel Burgos said.

Ed Sibylline : two species would be involved : false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) and long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas), which are dolphins. Both mass stranding would have occurred at a different time.

Teams will inspect the relatively accessible site in the coming days, focusing on whether humans played a role in the whales’ deaths, he added.

The animals died more than two months ago, the authorities said, adding that autopsies will probably still be possible as the cadavers remain intact (Ed Sibylline : it’s a point of view… from a plane… They are really optimistic after so much weeks of decomposition, anyway).

Although determining the cause of last December’s mass beaching presented challenges because of the delicate remains’ state of decomposition.

This picture shows a false killer whale

This picture shows a false killer whale

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