GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING THE LARGEST ANIMAL ON OUR PLANET. DEATH BY KILLER ALGAE...

Vreni Häussermann of the Huinay Scientific Field Station photographs one of hundreds of whales that washed up in Chilean Patagonia in 2015. Photo by Keri-Lee Pashuk

 

When 343 Sei whales died from a harmful algal bloom in Chilean Patagonia, they opened a window into the effect changing climate is having on marine mammals, our oceans, and us'...

They didn’t think much of the first dead whale. Dwarfed by the rugged cliffs of Patagonia’s high green fjords, the team of biologists had sailed into a gulf off the Pacific Ocean searching for the ocean’s smaller animals, the marine invertebrates they were there to inventory. That night, while hunting for an anchorage in a narrow bay, the team spotted a large, dead whale floating on the water’s surface. But for the biologists, death—even of such an enormous animal—didn’t seem so unusual.

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