The government of Peru is worried about increase in the incidences of dead birds like pelicans and sea lions, turtles and dolphins that are washing up on its coasts as reported in the BBC of 30th April 2012.
Around 500 dead pelicans have appeared on its shores over the past few days along a stretch of nearly 70-Km in north Peru. However, unconfirmed reports put the number of dead pelicans at over 1300.
There are also carcasses of 54 boobies, a number of sea lions and also a turtle in various stages of decomposition which tend to suggest that the deaths had not occurred at sea but on the shores.
The location is the same one where 800 dolphins had washed up last year – the deaths are still under investigation.
Deaths on such a large scale could be attributed to several reasons like global warming, or pollution and contamination of the waters due to oil spills.
However, there is a feeling in the Peruvian Maritime Institute (Imarpe) that these deaths could be due to some viral epidemic.