Thousands of penguins have been found dead in Uruguay’s La Paloma hot springs

Most are young animals that look “tired and hungry and have lost their way from their herd”.

Thousands of penguins have been found dead in the last few days a Uruguayan beachesespecially in those of Terme della Palomalocated on the southeastern coast of the country.

The outlook is rather bleak, sad. We are facing a large mortality of penguins and especially here, in La Paloma, but actually all over the coast of Uruguay,” she lamented at a press conference. paolo senacommunication manager for the municipality of La Paloma.

“Drawing some other conclusions, last week there was a great cyclone which didn’t hit the coast of Uruguay, but it was strong enough in the Atlantic and that too could be one of the causes which helped make this mortality even higher,” he added.


Thousands of penguins have been found dead in Uruguay’s La Paloma hot springs. Photo: Marine Fauna Rescue SOS

Meanwhile, the TV channel open 4 TVsHe reported that “at least 5,000 penguins” died of “according to the first judgments of experts, the lack of food in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean“.

For its part, the non-governmental organization Marine Wildlife Rescue SOS ensured they were doneautopsies to the remains of penguins that have appeared dead on the coasts of the departments of Canelones, Maldonado and Rocha”, and underlined that they are “able to confirm that the maximum malnutrition is the consequence of an overexploited and abandoned ocean“.

“Other hypotheses can also be made, such as the cyclone that crossed the ocean last week, which could be one of the causes that contributed to making this mortality even higher,” he added. Richard Darlingfounder of SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina, the entity through which more than 15,000 specimens have already passed, including wolves, penguins, sea lions, turtles and other more recovered species.

Thousands of penguins have been found dead in Uruguay's La Paloma hot springs.  Photo: Marine Fauna Rescue SOS
Thousands of penguins have been found dead in Uruguay’s La Paloma hot springs. Photo: Marine Fauna Rescue SOS

Anna Martineza biologist from the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources, explained: “The penguins that appear are tired and hungry young specimens and have lost their flock, it also coincides with the time of severe storms, which catch them in such bad conditions due to fatigue and little food, that they don’t always resist, and that’s where they come out of the water”.

“We don’t have a program to monitor and control penguin arrivals to the coast, but what usually happens at this time of year is that dead penguins reach the coasts, to a greater or lesser extent, a fact that is associated with the migratory currents“, it abounded grace Fabiancoordinator of Dinara, in statements to the digital newspaper “La Paloma Hoy”.

With information from Telam.

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