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Peru: 1,200 pelicans found dead in countryâ€™s northern beaches
By Manuel Vigo
April 30, 2012
On Saturday authorities in the northern part of the country reported the death of over 1,200 pelicans.
According to Francisco Nique, president of a local fishermen association, said they had found the dead pelicans along a 160-kilometer stretch, between the beaches of Piura and Lambayeque.
Nique said they had also found seven dead dolphins, which increases the total of dead dolphins to over 3 thousand, so far this year.
The Peruvian Oceanographic Institute has not yet determined the pelicans’ cause of death, but said a virus may have killed the dolphins, Peru21 reported.
Nique said a disruption in the food chain, or oil and gas exploration could be to blame for the deaths.
The country’s natural protection agency (Sernanp) said the cause of death was unknown, but ruled out oil and gas exploration as a likely cause. According to Peru21, Sernanp has launched an investigation into the matter.
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Total coments: 3
Commented By: email@example.com
On: April 30, 2012. 4:25 pm
This is terrible. They need to call in everyone they can to try and solve this problem.
Commented By: VeronicaV2V
On: April 30, 2012. 6:26 pm
Coul dit be that the fish the dolphins and pelicans ate were contaminated with oil have caused the deaths of so many animals? I wouldn't think a virus would cause so many fatalities in such a short time span and on two totally different species or could it? Whatever the cause, they need to figure out what it is and something about it ASAP before more animals of the same or different species turn up dead.
Commented By: Chaskayacu
On: April 30, 2012. 10:47 pm
I find it interesting they are so quick to say what wasnt the cause!!!!hmmm..
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