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I just read an article about a massive dolphin die off here. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=massive-dolphin-die-off-in-peru-may-remain-a-mystery In Lima Peru a retired fisherman reported around 1,500 dolphins washing up dead on Peru’s northern coast. At first many experts didn’t believe it until they saw it. Experts say the causes could be acoustic impact from testing for oil or perhaps an unknown virus or other pathogen. Dr. Yaipen is one of the experts that has been studding this case, he has examined about 20 dead dolphins. From what he found they all showed middle-ear hemorrhage and fracture of the ear’s periotic bone, lung lesions and bubbles in the blood. To him, that suggests that a major acoustic impact caused injury, but not immediate death. Most of the dolphins were alive when they beached, or had died very recently. Now, the death toll could be as high as 2,800. Peru’s massive dolphin die-off is among the largest ever reported worldwide.

What are some other theories of how these dolphins are dying?

How can we stop this? What can we learn from this?

One Response to “Massive Dolphin Die-Off”
  1. maxwbra says:

    This is very sad. That is a ton of dead dolphins! From this article it sounds like they need to stop testing for oil or stop whatever the Acoustic impact is coming from. I think we need to stop offshore drilling and things like it. I found this article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47354494/ns/technology_and_science-science/
    It was saying that the scientists still do not know what the dolphins are dying from. The weird thing was that there are thousands of pelicans dying and also anchovies. The scientists were saying that warmer waters were pushing the Anchovies down deeper, therefore the pelicans can’t dive down deep enough to catch the fish. Maybe this has something to do with the Dolphin die off?

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