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Millions of Spain anchovies die in beaching

Updated: September 29, 2006, 5:35 PM ET
By Harold Heckle | Associated Press — Sept. 29, 2006

MADRID, Spain — Millions of anchovies — a protected species in Europe — have died in northern Spain after an unexplained mass beaching, officials said Friday.

The fish, all juveniles, were found stranded along large stretches of Colunga beach, 35 miles east of the port city of Gijon, a normally pristine seaside landscape in the verdant province of Asturias.

"More than three tons have been found so far, and our main — untested — hypothesis at the moment is ...

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