512 Magellanic penguins washed up dead, Brazilian coast
Biological Hazard in Brazil on Saturday, 14 July, 2012 at 13:59 (01:59 PM) UTC.
Base dataEDIS Number:BH-20120714-35781-BRAEvent type:Biological HazardDate/Time:Saturday, 14 July, 2012 at 13:59 (01:59 PM) UTCLast update:—Cause of event: Damage level:Unknown
Wildlife experts are concerned and investigating after 512 Magellanic penguins washed up dead across 65 miles of the Brazilian coast, reports the Merco Press. Further worrying veterinarians is that the birds were all apparently in good health, well fed, and free from oil stains. Magellanic penguins are migratory, moving from southern Argentina to Sao Paolo at this time of year. It’s not a great time for penguins in general, with the population of a major colony in Antarctica plummeting 36% since 1991.