Reports state that in 2011 the government of Peru gave permission to foreign corporations to carry out seismic testing in the oceans.
Shortly after this testing began, dead dolphins started to wash ashore in a massive stranding that is considered the largest in the history of the Americas. Independent reports state that nearly 3,000 dolphins have died in the northwest shores of Peru since the end of December 2011.
Necropsies performed on 30 different samples indicate these dolphins died from decompression sickness caused by acoustic trauma. Oil companies and militaries use active sonar systems that sweep the ocean to reveal objects in their path. These sound waves cause serious injury and death to our marine life.
Peru has stated that the dolphins died of natural causes. The deaths, and Peru's response to this situation, have called into question Peru's ability to protect their marine environment.
Tell the government of Peru to adopt a strong stance against sonar or acoustic testing. It is time for all governments to assume responsibility as trustworthy custodians of our marine life. Tell Peru they are now being called to step forward to do what is right.
Dear President Humala,
The recent massive strandings of dolphins on the northwestern coast of Peru is an international concern. We fully understand that in 2011 the government of Peru gave permission to foreign corporations to carry out seismic testing.
We also understand that BPZ Energy, a Houston based oil company, which recently formed unincorporated joint venture with Pacific Rubiales, initiated an offshore seismic survey in Block Z-1, a portion of the ocean that spans 555,000 acres off the northwest coast of Peru.
Necropsies performed on 30 different samples from this largest stranding in the Americas indicate these dolphins died from decompression sickness caused by acoustic trauma.These dolphins have not perished due to natural causes.
Each of us, individuals and nations, must assume owernship as trustworthy custodians of our marine life. It's now time for Peru to step into its leadership role and take national responsibility for the deaths of our marine life.
This means being forthright with the public. And never allowing something like this to happen ever again.