01 May '12, 12am

Over 500 Pelicans Found Dead in Peru: What Happened? | Care2 Causes

Over 500 Pelicans Found Dead in Peru: What Happened? | Care2 Causes

In just the past few days, more than 500 pelicans have died on the northern coast of Peru in the same region where over 800 dolphins washed ashore earlier this year. The Peruvian government says that it is launching an investigation and that it is “deeply worried.” According to a preliminary report, no evidence points to the pelicans dying at sea but rather on the beach. In addition to the 538 dead pelicans, the Peruvian Maritime Institute (Imarpe) has also found the carcasses of 54 boobies (a type of sea bird), a turtle and five badly decomposed sea lions. While the pelicans and boobies were said to be in “various stages of decomposition,” most seemed to have died only recently. All told, local reports say that 1,200 dead pelicans have been found in Peru’s northern Piura and Lambayeque regions just this year. The 800 or so dead dolphins washed up in the Lambayeque region ...

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