What is the real truth behind the recent deaths of 500 Sea Lions on the north coastline of Peru, following a similar episode further north in Piura region, where 250 Sea Lions, Dolphins, Turtles and Pelicans died?
Could it be poisoning by local fishermen as the local governor suggests? Done to eliminate the completion, perhaps? But how do they target predators and not the marine life they exploit? Or is other marine life affected and not reported? Do they even care?
Or, currently being investigated by the Peruvian environmental police, could it be disease (a sudden epidemic maybe?) or ingestion of plastic (too short a period to be a credible cause unless intentional). Not likely! Widen your search for the cause, guys!
Another suggestion put forward by environmental group Orca blames deaths on noise and pressure waves caused by explosions linked to oil exploration in the area. So how would this affect Pelicans too? Were other marine and avian species affected?
A government report by the Marine Institute (Imarpe) rules out oil exploration (surprise, surprise) and disease. Apparently they claim that this is a sudden epidemic of natural causes. Right!
Too many involved with too many self-interests.
Keeping it simple, with sudden deaths of this magnitude, my money is on the fishermen.