The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded.
Biologist Vreni Haussermann made the discovery along with other scientists in June during an observation flight over fjords in Chile’s southern Patagonia region.
“It was an apocalyptic image. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Hausserman commented.
“We counted 337 dead whales, including the bodies and skeletons,” she added.
The cause of death of the whales is unknown, although human intervention has been ruled out.
The scientific expedition counted 305 bodies and 32 skeletons of whales through aerial and satellite photography in an area between the Gulf of Penas and Puerto Natales.