Sunday 08 April 2012

What is killing Peru's dolphins?

An unprecedented cetacean stranding event is unfolding on the north-western coast of Peru.

Hundreds of long-beaked common dolphins and dozens of Burmeister’s porpoises, most of them already dead, have been washing ashore for a number of weeks.  They range from new-born calves to fully mature adults, male and female.

Necropsies and other investigations are under way and early suspects for cause of death are acoustic impact or a virus epidemic.

There are also concerns that this event might be part of a much longer sequence of strandings that have occurred since January.


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