Mass Penguin Die-Off in Brazil

Veterinarians concerned as dead penguins seemed well fed, healthy

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 14, 2012 6:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – 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.

In this photo released by Aquario Municipal de Peruibe, a dead penguin sits on the sand at Peruibe beach in Sao Paulo state, Brazil, July 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Aquario Municipal de Peruibe)
Magellanic penguins stand together on February 3, 2007 on Saunders Island, Falkland Islands.   (Getty Images)
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