The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: 877 Dolphins, Nearly 600 Birds Wash Up Dead in Peru & Peru Government Cover-up of Mystery Dolphin Die-Off?

877 Dolphins, Nearly 600 Birds Wash Up Dead in Peru

The discovery of the dead birds comes weeks after hundreds of dead dolphins were found.

CNN12:37 p.m. CDT, May 1, 2012

Authorities in Peru are investigating the death of over 538 pelicans, along with other birds, on the northern coast of the country, the Peruvian ministry of production said Sunday.

The new environmental investigation comes on the heels of an incident earlier in April when 877 dolphins washed up dead on the same stretch of coast.

It was not immediately clear if the deaths were connected.

The birds appear to have died on the beach, and more tests are needed to determine the cause of death, the ministry of production said.

The Peruvian Sea Institute surveyed about 43 miles (70km) of beach coastline on Sunday and estimated that 592 birds were dead along the shore.

State-run TV Peru estimated that up to 1,200 birds had been found dead on the 100 miles (160km) of northern shoreline extending from Punta Negra in Piura to San José in the state of Lambayeque.

The deaths began less than two weeks ago, local fishermen say.

The investigation into the mystery surrounding the dolphins is still ongoing. Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria told CNN the dolphins may have died from an outbreak of Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria.

The Peruvian government has put together a panel from different ministries to analyze a report by the Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE). Officials have been able to conclude that the dolphins’ deaths were not due to lack of food, interaction with fisheries, poisoning with pesticides, biotoxin poisoning or contamination by heavy metals.

“When you have something this large, my gut would tell me that there’s something traumatic that happened,” Sue Rocca, a marine biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, told CNN. She raised a number of possibilities as to what could have killed the animals, including acoustic trauma.

Preliminary reports ruled out that seismic sound waves created by oil exploration in that stretch of sea could have killed the birds, the environment ministry said.

They also expressed concern for the fishermen in the area and restated their commitment to protecting the country’s marine ecosystem.

Source: The CW 39

Peru Government Cover-up of Mystery Dolphin Die-Off along Peru’s Northern Coast?

May 1, 2012

Real number of dead dolphins could be thousands higher than official count

[Photo-Image: Dead dolphins discovered on Chiclayo shore of Peru, Photo source: ITN News]

If we were conspiracy theorists we’d wonder why the Peru government waited almost five months in revealing lab test results of the mass dolphin die-off of the northern coast of Peru?

Lab tests for viruses in marine mammals usually take ten days. The dolphin die-offs began last November-early December.

On April 29, 2012, the news lab test results failed to find a virus as the cause of the dolphin deaths.

On May 1st, the news report of a warning from a Peruvian environmental advocacy organization, Mundo Azul, the dolphins died from a virus that could possibly be capable of mutating in humans leading to a worldwide epidemic.

We’d also wonder why there’s such a large discrepancy between the official count and the dead dolphins reported by the local press? A discrepancy in the thousands.

We’ve read news reports from Peru the mass dolphin deaths could be related to an ‘earthquake zone’, pollution, climate change, a possible marine mammal virus, morbillivirus DMV, and sonar equipment tests used by oil companies which were allegedly carried out in June of 2011.

Back in early April El Comercio, filed a report on the months long wait for lab results of the cause of death of 5,000 dolphins in the past four months:

Several months ago representatives of the Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE) took samples of the organs of dolphins stranded on beaches in the north for analysis. However, until now this entity has not given an official release about the cause of the mass deaths of these animals, which some attribute to oil exploration.

According to information provided by Wilfredo Sandoval, correspondent for El Comercio in Chiclayo , about five thousand dolphins have died in the last four months, over 200 kilometers of coastline located between Lambayeque and Piura .

During the tour made by Sandoval northern beaches, the authorities found that the dolphins continue to beaching.”

On April 29, 2012, Peru 21 reported scientists have been unable to determine if a virus is the cause of the dolphin die-off. According to news reports lab results for viruses generally take ten days.

Is the Peruvian government downplaying the true number of dead dolphins?

The official count as of April 29, 2012, 877, versus the president of the Association of Fishermen of Puerto Eten, Niquen Francisco, over 3,000, versus a report from El Commercio who reported 5,000 dolphins dead by April 7, 2012.

Interesting info from an ITN News report on a late February 260 dolphin die-off along the Chiclayo shore of Peru:

“An event like this is particularly unusual because dolphins aren’t normally found in these seas.”

Meanwhile, residents and fisherman have been warned to stay away from the dead dolphins and dead pelicans while the carcasses are being incinerated to avoid the spread of a possible highly contagious disease to humans.

Peru 21:

“Yuri Hooker, biologist Marine Coastal Unit of the National Protected Areas by the State told residents, “Having contact with the blood of these animals could be dangerous”.”

“The dolphins found dead on the coast of Lambayeque and Piura are long-beaked species (Delphinus capensis) and Burmeister’s porpoise (Phocoena spinipinnis).”

The main suspect touted by officials as the cause of the mass die-off of pelicans, the lack of food, anchovies.

One virus named as a possible suspect as the cause of death in the dolphins, morbillivirus DMV, also dubbed as ‘distemper in a dolphin’.

On February 9, 2012, over 80 days ago, the report more than 200 dead dolphins were discovered on the beaches of Lambayeque ‘last week’. Included in the report the news the dolphins “might have eaten dead anchovies”; the anchovies dead from eating decomposed plankton affected by heavily polluted seawater.

Info on morbilliviruses in marine mammal populations:

Disease of one kind or another is a frequent cause of mortality in marine mammal populations, but highly infectious disease organisms (particularly viruses) can cause the death of large numbers of animals in a very short period. An influenza virus probably caused die death of at least 450 harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) along die New England coast of the United States in 1979-1980. The family of viruses that is most often associated widi disease-induced die-offs, however, is the morbilliviruses. Measles is the most familiar virus in this family. Canine distemper virus (probably contracted from domestic dogs or farmed mink) caused the death of several thousand Baikal seals (Pusa sibirica) in the Russian Federation in 1987-1988. The closely related phocine distemper virus caused the death of 18,000 harbor seals in the North Sea during 1988, and a dolphin morbillivirus caused the death of several thousand striped dolphins (Stenella coendeoalba) in the Mediterranean Sea between 1990 and 1992. The death of more than 740 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops tnmcatus) along the Atlantic coast of die United States in 1987 was initially attributed to poisoning by algal toxins (see later), but more recent evidence suggests that this was also caused by dolphin morbillivirus. Morbilliviruses tend to suppress dieir host’s immune system, thus increasing the risk of secondary infection by a wide range of disease agents. These secondary infections are often the final cause of death for an individual infected with a morbillivirus, which can make it difficult to diagnose the real cause of a die-off.

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