22 FEBRUARY 1998. CHILE: MARINE MAMMAL (MORTALITY) & SEA TURTLES

Tiffany Woods of Reuters reports southern sealion pups are coming ashore in central Chile as their food-stressed parents abandon them. One beach count suggests at least a mortality of one per kilometer. A local university professor reported "30 dead sealions and dozens of dead seabirds" at Pan de Azucar National Park, north of Valparaiso. Sea turtles (greens?) have been reported from north and central Chile as well as an influx of pelicans (see earlier reports from Chile on this).

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