Millions of stranded prawns blanket Chile beach:
Millions of small prawns became stranded on a beach in southern Chile this week, carpeting a three-kilometre strand in red, local fishermen and police said… As residents removed the thick red spread of prawns, each a centimetre or smaller, civil police have also arrived to take samples and investigate the cause of this unusual phenomenon. They will be looking to see “whether there was any trace or element” in the shrimp that would explain why they stranded en masse.
They are also working to determine conditions in the Coronel Bay, including its “temperature, electrical conductivity, and, especially, oxygen,” environmental crimes investigator Victor Casanova told local media. So far, the cause of the event is unknown. Some fishermen are blaming a change in ocean currents, while others suggest the culprit is a local coal-fired thermoelectric plant that uses seawater as a coolant.
Photo: AP Photo/Chile’s Public Affairs office