More Than 1,000 Dolphins Dead in Northern Peru Since January – Acoustic Trauma? Biotoxins? Natural Causes?

“The dolphin broken inner ear bones are consistent with injuries that would have been caused by military sonar and apparently could be caused by the seismic activity exploration done by oil companies.”

- Hardy Jones, BlueVoice.org

These dead dolphins were photographed in April 2012, after four months of persistent and unexplained die-offs on the beaches between Pimentel and Lambayeque north of Chiclayo and San Jose, Peru. Image © 2012 by AP, Nestor Salvatierra.
These dead dolphins were photographed in April 2012, after four months of persistent and unexplained die-offs on the beaches between Pimentel and Lambayeque north of Chiclayo and San Jose, Peru. Image © 2012 by AP, Nestor Salvatierra.
Above: The red marker shows the location of the fishing village, San Jose, and larger Chiclayo a little east of San Jose. Below: An enlargement of Chiclayo and San Jose and the beach area between Pimentel and Lambayeque where about 1,000 common dolphins and a few Burmeister porpoises have continued to wash up dead from January ongoing in May 2012, with necropsy evidence of acoustic trauma from loud underwater sounds.
Above: The red marker shows the location of the fishing village, San Jose, and larger Chiclayo a little east of San Jose. Below: An enlargement of Chiclayo and San Jose and the beach area between Pimentel and Lambayeque where about 1,000 common dolphins and a few Burmeister porpoises have continued to wash up dead from January ongoing in May 2012, with necropsy evidence of acoustic trauma from loud underwater sounds.

May 24, 2012  St. Augustine, Florida -  Since early February 2012, about 1,000 dolphins have washed up on the beaches between Pimentel and Lambayeque near Chiclayo and the fishing village of San Jose. One veterinarian has discovered cracked and broken ear bones consistent with acoustic trauma in the dead dolphins - but what is the underwater source of explosive sounds that could damage so many dolphins and a few Burmeister porpoises?

 

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