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Chilean islanders up in arms over mass squid deaths

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 01:20

Thousands of squid wash up on the Chilean shores of Santa Maria Island, raising ''probable'' health risks as they begin to decompose. Rough Cut-subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT-SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of dead squid have washed up on the Island of Santa Maria in southern Chile. Locals are concerned about possible health hazards as the animals decompose. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT, JAIME MORA, SAYING: "God help us so that the children do not get sick from the smell." Deputy police chief, Mario Grandon says the squid have been rotting for nearly a week. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEPUTY CHIEF OF POLICE IN ISLA SANTA MARTA, MARIO GRANDON, SAYING: "Experts are coming here to determine whether the incident could cause a sanitary emergency, which is probable given the quantity of squid that have washed up here." But what brought the squid here in the first place? Rodrigo Valencia of the National Fishing and Agriculture Service says it's weather-related. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL FISHING AND AGRICULTURE SERVICE, RODRIGO VALENCIA, SAYING: "It was caused by an upwelling, due to a drop in oxygen levels, which led to the death of these creatures." An upwelling happens when cooler, and usually cold nutrient-rich water rises to the ocean surface, replacing the warmer, usually nutrient-depleted surface water.

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Chilean islanders up in arms over mass squid deaths

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 01:20