EDIS Number: BH-20120714-35781-BRA
Event type: Biological Hazard
Date/Time: Saturday, 14 July, 2012 at 13:59 (01:59 PM) UTC
County / State: Multiple areas Area: Sao Paulo state coastal area City:
Coordinate: S 24° 19.024, W 46° 57.334
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.
The annual migration takes some penguins as far north as Rio de Janeiro
14 July 2012 Last updated at 00:34
Brazilian biologists are investigating the deaths of more than 500 penguins found washed up on the beaches of Rio Grande do Sul state.
Autopsies are being conducted on some of the birds to determine the cause of death.
Researchers said the penguins appeared to have been well-fed, with no apparent injuries and no oil on their bodies.
Magellanic Penguins migrate to southern Brazil from Patagonia every year during the southern winter.
Last week dozens of young penguins were rescued from beaches in Rio de Janeiro after straying far beyond their normal range.
The birds delighted beach-goers, but scientists said their health was suffering in the tropical waters.
Brazil's environment agency is preparing to fly those penguins back to the south.