Peru: What killed the dolphins?

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:37

The dolphins are among the most intelligent beings on the planet with few natural predators and scattered throughout almost all the world's oceans. In Peru, particularly they are located in various parts of the coast, the beaches of Lima, where you can surf with them, in the Paracas National Reserve , or on the coast of Piura in northern Peru, where it They can be seen as the humpback whales.

That has stunned by the news that so far the year 3000 have been found dead dolphins off the coast of north. Carlos Yaipen-Llanos, Director of the local defense of marine life ORCA , says that these deaths are the result of "a sound bag is formed using deep sea equipment for oil, gas and other minerals."


Delfines en Pisco, Perú

Dolphins in Pisco, Peru. Photo from Flickr user Alicia0928 licensed CC Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Said director of ORCA, also said that forensic analysis conducted, it appears that dolphins suffered from "acute decompression sickness evidenced by perióticos bone fractures and bleeding in the middle ear, widespread emphysema, and air bubbles in organs such as liver, kidney and blood vessels. "

A subsequent press report mentions that the use of scanning technology known as 3D seismic which forms the acoustic bags affecting the dolphins. In Tumbes, north of Piura, is the company BPZ you are using this type of exploration to collect data on oil and gas deposits. This company has denied that his explorations product die marine species, but the environmental impact report indicated that this technology does have consequences.

The Congress president has said he hopes the ministers of Environment, Production, and Energy and Mines, to report to Parliament on this case. Another means indicates that it is IMARPE , the Instituto del Mar del Peru, the institution should make an official report about it.

Hardy Jones, a filmmaker and activist for the conservation of marine life, the founder of Bluevoice , went to Peru to the first reports of Dr. Yaipen-Llanos on March 25. On day 27, and on the coasts of northern tweeted :

Found 615 dead dolphins # 135 kilometers of beach on N of San Jose, Peru. Unspeakable tragedy. Please retweet. This Must Be investigated.

615 dead dolphins along 135 kilometers of beach north of San José, Peru. It is an unspeakable tragedy, please retuiteen. This should be investigated.

On his personal blog recounts in detail how you found your these facts, your trip to Peru and what he saw in the field:

Carlos and historical team Performed necropsies on a couple of the dolphins. Seeing a new born common dolphin, umbilicus still attached WAS wrenching.
We raced along the hard sand at the edge of the Surfline crying out when to we saw a dead dolphin. At first every couple minutes They Came. Then we'd hit Intervals But when to the cries would go "dolphin! Delphin! Another! Two more! There's another one up by the dune. "

Carlos [Yaipen-Llanos] and his team performed autopsies on a pair of dolphins. View a newborn dolphin, still attached by the umbilical cord was heartbreaking.
We ran down the hard sand at the edge of the beach screaming at the sight of a dead dolphin. At first it was every two minutes. But then disappeared at intervals shouts of "dolphin! Dolphin! Another! Two more! There is another in the dunes. "

Then in the Blue Voice Blog posted part of the report of Dr. Yaipen-Llanos:

As Reported Previously, two species Have Been Affected: Long beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis) and Burmeister's porpoise (Phocoena spinipinnis). We Counted 615 common dolphins. All age classes Were Affected: Adult evils, females, lactating females, juveniles, calves and Newborns. We Counted 19 porpoises, only females and calves.

As previously reported, two species have been affected: common dolphin coastal or long face (Delphinus capensis) and black or porpoise (Phocoena spinipinnis). We have 615 common dolphins. Were affected individuals of all ages: adult males, females, nursing mothers, young, babies and newborns. We have 19 porpoises, only females and young.

In Facebook ORCA has shared photos of their findings. In Spanish CNN interviewed Dr. Yaipen-Llanos on all these facts. The following is a video from the tour of Hardy Jones and Carlos Yaipen-Plains along the coast of northern Peru:

Meanwhile, Environment and Fisheries Ministers were cited April 10 for information on whether the causes of dolphin deaths are related to oil exploration. They should also indicate what measures are being taken to prevent further environmental impact on marine life since realized that a report about 20,000 dolphins and other species are in danger of dying because they have planned to make explorations along the entire Peruvian coast with 3D seismic technology.

Posted originally on the blog of Juan Arellano.

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