The Peruvian government claims that nearly 900 dolphins died of natural causes between February and April of this year. A separate dolphin necropsy disagrees with this statement and lays the blame on bursts of high-pressure compressed air used to look for oil deposits beneath the ocean.
The government's report didn't say what killed the dolphins or why so many died at one time. Blaming natural causes doesn't specify any particular culprit. And it seems odd that 800 individuals all died at once, especially considering they were of different ages and species. It would be as if everyone at a shopping mall just suddenly died and the coroner said it was perfectly natural. But the government claims it has happened before.
"It happens periodically, it isn't the first time. It has happened in New Zealand, Australia, and other countries. There is no need to find other reasons that are not it," said Gladys Triveño, Peru's Minister of Production in EuropaPress.
No data was provided as to when these earlier events occurred.