135 sea lions, 2 whales, 4 turtles, 5 dolphins and pelicans wash ashore dead in Sechura, Peru
A new varazón of 187 sea lions and an unspecified number of whales occurred yesterday on the beaches of San Pedro and San Pablo, La Islilla and La Tortuga, in the provinces of Paita and Sechura, reported local fishermen. The finding adds to the varazón, last week, of 135 sea lions in the reserved area of Illescas.
Carlos Yaipén , director of the Scientific Organization for Conservation of Aquatic Animals (ORCA), told this newspaper that a team has monitored his recent appearances of dead animals across the northern coast, from Tumbes to La Libertad. After several weeks concluded that aquatic animals were killed by artisanal fishermen.
“The death of whales it is for the season, there is much traffic these species. We have also discovered poisoned animals. Illescas However, we found that artisanal fishermen have killed Sechura sea lions, “he said.
In this regard, sources Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE) confirmed investigating the cause of death of hundreds of sea lions and other species in the northern coast. Note that in 2012 most varazón of aquatic animals was recorded: from Tumbes to Lambayeque over 760 dead dolphins were reported.