Over 800 dolphins wash ashore in Peru

According to CNN, authorities are looking into the deaths of 877 dolphins that have washed up on the northern coast of Peru this year.

Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria reported on Peru’s state-run news agency that the dolphins may have died from an outbreak of Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria.

More than 80 percent of the dolphins that washed ashore were an advanced state of decomposition, which made it difficult to study their deaths, according to the news agency.

Thus far, officials have been able to rule out lack of food, interaction with fisheries, pesticide and biotoxin poisoning and heavy metal contamination as the reason for the deaths. Results indicating if it was caused by contamination by a virus are expected to be ready in the coming days, according to the article.

Peru is not the only country where dolphins have washed ashore.

One hundred seventy nine dolphins– 108 of which were dead– washed shore in Cape Cod, U.S., in February, according to the International Fund of Animal Welfare. A cause has not been determined on those deaths.

And in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, more than 30 dolphins were on shore– all returned to the ocean, according to the article.




About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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3 Responses to Over 800 dolphins wash ashore in Peru

  1. One washed ashore here in Belmar yesterday.

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