Argentine scientists are concerned about the rise in the number of dead whales – 13 in 8 days

(ORDO NEWS) — A string of whale deaths in southern Argentina in recent days has worried scientists.

From Sept. 24 to Oct. 2, at least 13 whales have died in Nuevo Bay near the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina’s Patagonia, an area that is a wildlife sanctuary and breeding ground for huge mammals, the Institute for the Conservation of Whales (ICB) said.

Authorities have proceeded to autopsy the found whales and have begun to examine the water and shellfish “to determine the presence of possible biotoxins associated with the spread of harmful algal blooms known as red tides,” the ICB said in a statement.

None of the whales showed signs of injury or trauma and they were all well fed.

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