Thousands of dead fish wash up on a beach in Chile

Fish Kill Alert

Thousands of dead cuttlefish scattered mysteriously along the beach.

It is what they found last Sunday who approached the coast of Bahía Inglesa, in the Atacama region, in northern Chile.

The authorities, who investigate the causes of the event, asked the population, with little success, not to approach or touch the molluscs. Everything points to pollution as responsible for what happened.

“It’s kind of scary because there’s the whole shore of the beach with these dead bugs,” says one woman.

As a precaution, environmental managers also recommend that locals not eat fish.

“The reasons, the real causes, are unknown,” says Pablo Orrego, Navy officer. “But we are working with the department of Asea and Ornato and the municipality, the national fishing service to get these animals out of the beach sector.”

Bahía Inglesa is one of the most important tourist destinations in Chile. It is feared that this wave of dead fish will harm the fishing industry, fundamental for the economy of the area.

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