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Mystery surrounds animal deaths in Peru

Posted on Monday, 25 February, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The mysterious demise of dozens of sea creatures on the Peruvian coastline has baffled experts.

An inspection by government officials identified 18 sea turtles, 22 sea lions, 16 sharks, 8 dolphins and 22 birds that had died in unexplained circumstances and had washed up along a 77 mile stretch of shoreline. Tests will be conducted on the corpses to try and determine what killed them however the results are not expected for several weeks. In the meantime, the deaths remain something of a mystery.

Possible explanations include a virus, poisoned food sources or offshore oil exploration. Authorities have warned people not to visit the beaches in the region until it can be determined that the shoreline is safe.

"Nearly 100 dead sea creatures and birds have washed up on a Peruvian coastline and experts are trying to work out the mystery surrounding their deaths."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by Lava_Lady on 25 February, 2013, 16:10
that is really sad news...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Merc14 on 25 February, 2013, 16:11
The coast of Peru is part of the Ring of Fire, a volcanic area that surrounds the Pacific Ocean. There have been rare instances around volcanic lakes where vast amounts of carbon dioxide (which is heavier than air) have been released from volcanic activity deep under the lakes. The invisible, odorless, heavy gas spreads out from the lake surface and across the land suffocating everything in its path. While I am unaware of such a thing happening over the sea, most of the creatures listed are air breathers and on a calm day with little wind the scenario could play out over the ocean. The sea-lio... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by harleyblueswoman on 25 February, 2013, 16:45
last year there was 1000's washed up on Peruvian coastlines....and we never did hear what caused it...just speculation...
Comment icon #15 Posted by ChristiL on 25 February, 2013, 17:30
I also believe this mystery may involve the area itself: The Ring of Fire. So many earthquakes of the coast of South America, with many undersea volcanoes. Perhaps toxic gasses from these 'perpetual' events caused some sort of poisoning for these poor creatures. Not all are air breathers. I hadn't heard of the larger event like this in the same area last year(which I gotta check out). Emissions from deep undersea eathquakes could release gasseous substances that could be the cause. I wonder how many dead creatures never made it to shore- just lying on the bottom of the ocean.....
Comment icon #16 Posted by stevemagegod on 25 February, 2013, 21:48
Ah Great not this again. Didn't we have a bunch of fish or something fall out of the sky in 2011 or something?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mikko-kun on 25 February, 2013, 22:27
Stop being logical and making educated guesses, you are interrupting the perpetually angry human species haters. They pray for a plague to kill half the human race but won't take the first step and take themselves out. Hypocrites. Hypocricy is fine, when you can say "yeah I'm like that". So yeah. I wouldn't hope for a plague, just a rebellion... it'd do some good to change the ways we make our living, it's not too sensible these days even if it could be very much so. Plague would just be another delay in making us more sensible. When enough people realise the folly that's there, and when it ge... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sundew on 26 February, 2013, 13:27
Stop being logical and making educated guesses, you are interrupting the perpetually angry human species haters. They pray for a plague to kill half the human race but won't take the first step and take themselves out. Hypocrites. Ha ha, yes I have always wondered why so many want to "thin the herd" but won't volunteer to be the first to go!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Sundew on 26 February, 2013, 13:37
I also believe this mystery may involve the area itself: The Ring of Fire. So many earthquakes of the coast of South America, with many undersea volcanoes. Perhaps toxic gasses from these 'perpetual' events caused some sort of poisoning for these poor creatures. Not all are air breathers. I hadn't heard of the larger event like this in the same area last year(which I gotta check out). Emissions from deep undersea eathquakes could release gasseous substances that could be the cause. I wonder how many dead creatures never made it to shore- just lying on the bottom of the ocean..... I was thinkin... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Eldorado on 26 February, 2013, 13:38
Ha ha, yes I have always wondered why so many want to "thin the herd" but won't volunteer to be the first to go! 'A cull needs to be properly supervised!' -- Supervisor Eldorado
Comment icon #21 Posted by Sundew on 26 February, 2013, 13:43
'A cull needs to be properly supervised!' -- Supervisor Eldorado Better consider what happens if you run afoul of the supervisor. Nice icon, BTW, one of my favorite actors and The Outlaw Josey Wales was a great movie! (Personal favorite was High Plains Drifter!)


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