877 dolphins wash up dead in Peru. Why?

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18 Responses to “877 dolphins wash up dead in Peru. Why?”

  1. Paganator says:

    They’re gonna need a lot of dynamite…

  2. aaronmhill says:

    Didn’t South Park do a whole episode about this?

  3. emschelle says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish…

  4. Drabula says:

    I salute the dolphins for being able to put up with us for this long before succumbing to mass suicide.

  5. nvlady says:

    I’m sure it wont be blamed on man made environmental hazards.Some corporation will make sure of that. 

  6. emo hex says:

    Mad as hell and couldn’t take it anymore?

  7. j9c says:

    Man-made, or natural phenom?

    Navy sonar blamed for death of beaked whales found washed up in the Hebrides

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/navy-sonar-blamed-for-death-of-beaked-whales-found-washed-up-in-the-hebrides-805399.html

    Lethal Sounds

    The use of military sonar poses a deadly threat to whales and other marine mammals
    http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/marine/sonar.asp

    Gray whale during sonar test in Saratoga Passage, 2012, Orca Network
    http://www.orcanetwork.org/news/shoup.html

    Sorry about the gross pictures. Work-safe but not lunch-safe.

    Thank you Xeni for posting this, and all the other blows for justice you strike and shall continue to strike for a long, healed and healthy lifetime. Thank you for speaking for the oppressed and jailed, for those who may not have internet savvy or access, or even access to human words.

  8. Gordon Stark says:

    A Russian spacecraft filled with toxic fuel recently went down.  If the (frozen) fuel survived re-entry, we could expect all ocean life to perish in this next part of history.   It is always concerning when sea people beach themselves in protest, or just die off.

  9. Something worse than the Vogons is coming, like a worldwide digital watch shortage?

  10. mike regan says:

    Off the coast of northern Peru (Piura) there is a significant amount of off-shore oil & gas exploration and drilling. One of the companies operating in that area (approximately 400 kms north of the beaches where the dolphins have washed up) is called BPZ Resources, domiciled in the US, but operating in Peru. Apparently they have been using a sounding technique that some third parties (environmental groups) allege are responsible for the deaths. BPZ has denied this-their PR guy has prepared a NR so you know they’re telling the truth-and the suggestion is that the dolphins have been succumbing to morbillivirus.

    I guess it requires study but one thing I would like to know is when did BPZ Resources start employing the sounding technique. Another E&P called Vietnamese-American Oil is operating in the same area as well. These small operations seem to have access to fairly advanced US Navy sonar technology. Muy interesante, no creen?

    BTW, the comments in the main have simply inane. Geesh. There are two exceptions- thanks in particular to j9c.

    • j9c says:

       Thanks for this, Mike. That’s an alarming nexus, the petroleum industry using mil-spec hardware at the peril of any vulnerable lifeforms (read: vulnerable inasmuch as they don’t have lobbyists, deep pockets, or control of vast amounts of exploitable natural resources).

      Muy interesante.

      Also, ick on a lot of levels.

      Long have I dreamed of a research org (peer-reviewed, nonprofit, staffed by competent clear-eyed scientists, young ones fresh from grad school and old ones whose mental databases need downloading–ASAP ) that’s a cross between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 5 Gyres and the Society for Marine Mammology. And a dose of the passion like those Patagoniacs over at The Cleanest Line.

      Trouble is, nitty-gritty research is not very telegenic (so consciousness-raising ala Sea Shepherd isn’t going to work… those readouts generated by the mass spectrometer aren’t exciting to most people), and the research would require placing whatever agents of these strandings at the scene of the crime, time and place and means. Ever been out on the ocean, folks? It’s really big! Like, bigger than all our landmasses put together! And it’s really hard to patrol, because so much of the ocean is… underwater! Being on the water isn’t much help either for wide area recon, so you’d need some air support.

      Sigh. The overhead must be huge for this kind of research or environmental law enforcement. And corporations are famous for using the ol’ “correlation is not causation” defense. And grinding complainants down in lengthy court battles. By the time anyone gets traction with the real offenders, the species requiring defense and protection may go extinct.

      Marine mammals like whales and dolphins are sentient, extremely intelligent beings. They are more intelligent than the average dog, more intelligent than young human children. Go look up John Lilly’s findings, or just see the wiki article on cetacean intelligence with a plethora of tempting external links. Dolphins and whales are social, have a language made of songs, have a sense of play, and great problem solvers. They just live underwater and away from our human purview, where it’s hard for a Dianne Fossey or a Jane Goodall to research and publicize observations and data, for minimal cost, all that cool stuff for public consumption [and thus public scrutiny and outcry at foul play].

      Jacques Cousteau once said that the unexplored wilderness really begins, for most humans at least, at the ocean’s edge. Despite the many well-crafted film and video documentaries that have come out in recent decades, I completely agree with Cousteau. We know very little about what goes on in the deep blue seas. We are only beginning to understand their crucial role in global climate dynamics. How do we protect this vast wild place? A place that, for so many of us landlubbers and flipper-less types, is beyond our cultural and literal grasp most of the time?

  11. Am I the only one that thinks this organization needs to be investigated? http://www.anti-dolphin.org/

  12. POOR DOLPHINS  THEY SO SWEET AND SMART , H

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