Thousands of dead squid wash up on beach in Chile
Technicians from the Chilean National Service for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sernapesca) have collected samples of the dead squid and water for analysis in specialized centers.
Experts say the phenomenon may have been caused by higher than usual seawater temperatures, but have not ruled out pollution either.
The arrival of dead fish and mollusks on Santa Maria’s beaches at this time of year is not unusual, but this is the first time it has reached biblical proportions.
Experts and local police are working to evaluate the scale of the situation and determine whether it could cause a sanitary emergency.
Heavy machinery was brought in by the Chilean government to remove the dead squid on Wednesday, five days after they began to appear.
The delay has been blamed on the country’s poor emergency response structure.
“It was caused by an upwelling, due to a drop in oxygen levels, which led to the death of these creatures,” Valencia said.