Mystery mongering sites are saying that mass deaths of animals are a sign of the apocalypse. But animal mass deaths happen naturally (or sort of naturally, sometimes our carelessness helps it along). In this case, last week in Chile, there is a reasonable explanations, but end of the earth ISN’T it.
The beaching of the thousands of squid began almost a week ago in the South Island harbor, Santa Maria de Coronel. This link calls them ‘cuttlefish’ but they appear to be Humboldt squid. This species, Dosidicus gigas, or jumbo squid, has previously been identified in other mass die-offs related to toxic algae blooms.
Reuters reports that locals are concerned about possible health hazards as the animals decompose. Rodrigo Valencia of the National Fishing and Agriculture Service says it’s weather-related, caused by nutrient rich water rising to the surface and causing a drop in oxygen levels. An investigation will take place. While the phenomena is common here, this is more than the typical number of the mollusks that will beach at any time. Heavy equipment has been brought in to remove the remains.
For those of us who think squid are pretty cool, this is a sad picture. For happy cuttlefish, follow @blackmudpuppy on Twitter.
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— Ethan Kocak (@Blackmudpuppy) January 15, 2016
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