Hundreds of pelicans found dead on same shores as 900 dolphins
As the number of dead animals along the northern shores of Peru climbs higher everyday, the latest deaths of hundreds of pelicans add to the mystery of the more than a thousand dead dolphins since the beginning of the year in the same area.
For the past 12 days hundreds of dead pelicans, and some gannets, have washed up along the northern shores of Peru.
According to a report on 4/26/2012 in Digital Journal, 900 dead dolphins
washed up along the same stretch of beach. Since early February, over a thousand dolphins have washed up dead on the northern shores of Peru. None of the animals show signs of trauma, which lead conservationists to believe the deaths may have been caused by seismic testing by the Houston-based oil company "BPZ."
has exclusive license contracts covering approximately 2.2 million acres in four blocks in northwest Peru for exploration of oil. BPZ technology involves analyzing the echoes of underwater explosions for evidence of oil reserves. Experts are pointing fingers in the direction of BPZ, because of the bubbles and blood had been found in the sinuses of some of the dolphins, is an indication of the bends, or decompression sickness.
Veterinarian Carlos Yaipen-Llanos, founder and scientific director of Peruvian marine conservation group Orca, believes the animals’ panicked and made rapid ascents to the surface to escape the noise of the explosions
In a press release
on April 11, 2012, BPZ denied involvement from its operations in Tumbes
that is located 500 km north of Lambayeque where dolphin deaths were reported. According to reports by BBC
, the death of the pelicans, and the carcasses of 54 boobies, several sea lions and a turtle, are the latest mystery of casualties along the northern shores of Peru. Preliminary reports
believe the pelicans died on shore, and not at sea.
Peru's Deputy Minister for Natural Resource Development, Gabriel Quijandria Acosta, believes a virus might have killed the dolphins. Stefan Austermuehle of a local NGO, Mundo Azul
believes the dolphins may have contracted a morbillivirus, or the order Mononegavirales
which is the classification home of numerous related viruses which belongs to the same group as the measles virus in humans.
The U.S., along with most countries have used the world's oceans as labs in search of oil, and testing new weapons since the 1950's. On June 8, 1958 at the Eniwetok Atoll, during Operation Hardtack I, an underwater atomic test for the effects of the Mk-7 bomb in a medium depth underwater explosion took place. Detonated on the lagoon bottom and produced an underwater crater 3000 feet across and 20 feet deep
. All surrounding sea life was more than likely destroyed, but not reported on mainstream news. Oil and gas exploration corporations have been leading in the destruction, and pollution of the worlds oceans and the life within them. Explosives are used by oil and gas companies on a regular basis in the oceans, as well as on land. Explosives of any kind do have an effect on the life that surrounds the point of detonation
of the explosives.
The mass deaths of the pelicans, dolphins, and other animals along the northern shores of Peru invites the public, just like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to focus on a companies that are in search of oil. Oil, some say is the blood of Satan, because it always seems to have a connection with wars, death, and destruction to most of the occupants of earth. Earth, seems to be dying from the abuse of its caretakers, and the lack of compassion of a living breathing life form. In 2009, Sylvia Earle, she makes her TED Prize wish: that people join her in protecting the vital blue heart (oceans) of the planet. It seems that Syliva's message
has not been heard.
Senior Advisor at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature , Professor Dan Laffoley believes the plight of the worlds oceans is now in the hands of humans, and without change they will eventually die, and without these waters, life on planet earth
will more than likely die along with them.
A group of the worlds marine biologists, and Eco-scientists met with the United Nations to discuss the extinction of the worlds sea life. There is a major problem happening in the oceans around the world, and people need to know about it..