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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
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.
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
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
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 gets deep enough into the back of their heads.. maybe then. Maybe war, maybe peaceful change. But mark my words, things wont always be the same. People want a clean conscience and a good life, and th... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sundew on 26 February, 2013, 13:27
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 was thinking further about this and there are the regular El Nino and La Nina (sorry, can't find the correct letter for Nino and Nina) cycles off the coast of Peru. When the sea surface water changes temperature the upwelling of nutrient rich waters from the deep ocean is temporarily halted and this starts a cycle of starvation: no nutrients - no plankton, no plankton - no fish, no fish - no sharks, sea lions, dolphins and so forth. Of course these larger animals are very mobile, but if the food supply is destroyed over thousands of miles it may not make a difference. This event occur... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Eldorado on 26 February, 2013, 13:38
'A cull needs to be properly supervised!' --
Comment icon #21 Posted by Sundew on 26 February, 2013, 13:43
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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