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Update: Over 260 Dead Dolphins Wash Up In Peru

Update: Over 260 Dead Dolphins Wash Up In Peru


Update – February 14

The cause of these deaths remains uncertain, but there have been reports that the dolphins may have been killed by the impact of oil exploration.

As reported in globalpost, Carlos Yaipen of ORCA, a non-governmental group that focuses on helping ocean creatures in the south Pacific, suggested the dolphins may have been killed by the impact of off-shore oil exploration and drilling in the region.

Since over 650 dolphins have washed up on the Gulf coast shores since the BP oil spill there, this explanation makes sense. And if the reason behind the dying dolphins in Peru is indeed toxicity in the ocean environment, it signifies a large issue that needs to be addressed.


At least 260 dead dolphins have washed up over the past week on a 66-mile stretch of coastline 500 miles north of Lima, Peru, but no one knows why.

Local fishermen have been doubly surprised, since these mammals are not usually seen in these seas.

You can click here to see a video of this tragic event, but be warned that some of the images are disturbing.

Officials are not sure how the mammals died, but they have not ruled out the possibility they may have been hunted. Another possible explanation is that the dolphins were poisoned by eating contaminated anchovies: numerous dead anchovies have also been found. The Peruvian Sea Institute has taken samples to study in a laboratory, to research this mystery.

Whatever the reason, the idea of so many beautiful dolphins lying dead on a beach is heartbreaking.

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8:37PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

I believe there more to it than that hurtets have said dolphins were evil an that Brack Obama let's them kill as many as thy want I thought dolphins were safe

5:36AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


2:16AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

heartbreaking... so many unnecessary deaths:((

9:50PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

This deeply saddens me..

5:51AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

This is so sad.

1:48PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Terrible. What the hell is happening in Peru? Lots of animals are dying.

5:41AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

so sad

5:15AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Thanks for the information, although it is.sad.

7:56PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thank for the article.

11:00AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

I want to know what the hell is happening to these magnificent creatures. Someone knows and there is a cover-up to make sure the rest of us don't know. It's high time we fight for answers and demand our politicians give answers. Autopsies are performed on these mammals and there has to be evidence of something that is causing their deaths in these kinds of numbers.

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