Authorities in Peru are investigating the death of over 538 pelicans, along with other birds, on the northern coast of the country, the Peruvian ministry of production said Sunday.
The new environmental investigation comes on the heels of an incident earlier in April when 877 dolphins washed up dead on the same stretch of coast.
It was not immediately clear if the deaths were connected.
The birds appear to have died on the beach, and more tests are needed to determine the cause of death, the ministry of production said.
State-run TV Peru estimated that up to 1,200 birds had been found dead on the 100 miles (160km) of northern shoreline extending from Punta Negra in Piura to San José in the state of Lambayeque.
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More very disturbing news that sends people into worry mode – is it pollution, a disease, something humans did? Is a sign that something bad is happening to the ecosystem and are we next? Mysterious mass animal deaths prompt great concern, as they should. However, instead of panicking and speculating on all sorts of wild ideas about the planet or End Times, let the scientists take samples and examine the data.