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Dozens of dead sea lions wash up on northern Peru beaches
Sea lion washed up on the beach of Tumbes (Frecuencia Latina)
By Nick Rosen
August 7, 2012
Dozens of dead sea lions have washed up on the Tumbes coastline this week, once again leaving residents of northern Peru to wonder about what is going on off their shores.
The sea lions, estimated to number as high as 50, washed up along a stretch of coastline between Canoas de Punta Sal and Zorritos in Peru’s northern Tumbes region.
According to El Comercio, the sea lions have been on the beach for several days, and authorities have not yet arrived to investigate the deaths. Some local fishermen, however, quickly assigned blame to the petroleum and gas companies that operate off-shore, saying that the deaths followed shortly after a series of explosions.
Flower Hernandez, lieutenant governor in Canoas, told Correo, “We call on the authorities involved in this to analyze and verify the cause.”
A reporter from Frecuencia Latina said the network’s crew could find various dead sea lions on the beach, and that the mammals’ remains were being picked over by sea birds.
Earlier this year, hundreds of dolphins and pelicans washed up dead along the shores of northern Peru, from the Ecuadorian border to the beaches of Lima. The exact cause remains a mystery, with theories ranging from gas exploration to viral infection to unseasonably warm ocean temperatures.
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Total coments: 3
Commented By: rosemai38
On: August 7, 2012. 5:23 pm
I have seen the off-shore installations near Mancora. There are hundreds, about 40-50 years old, rusted and still active. All of them occupied by sealions. They ought to be shut down or closely monitored. Scary!
Commented By: NYpoodle
On: August 9, 2012. 4:29 pm
There is something that is going on, something that the government is not saying. People ought to be very scared. Birds, Dolphins, and now Sea Lions, something is very wrong and disturbing about this. Oil Drilling, Over Fishing, etc. and all of this is to be taken into account. People Ask Questions, Hire OUTSIDE EXPERTS IF YOU HAVE TO, REALLY
Commented By: Annacon duh
On: August 10, 2012. 9:50 pm
Why have not international experts been called in this could be a major health hazard. Is Es Salud monitoring cancers for this area??
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