Hispanically Speaking News
Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:00 UTC
Throughout January various animals have been washing up along the shores of Peru's northern coast.
According to the Sea Institute of Peru 12 dolphins, 35 sea lions, and 13 pelicans have been found dead along the shores of San Jose, Lambayeque.
It appears that many of the dolphins found had died several weeks prior to their discovery, but the government says it have confirmed all the animals died from natural causes.
The pelicans specifically, appeared to have died from starvation, as the anchovy population has dropped significantly due to the increase in water temperature.
In 2012, the Peruvian government also claimed "natural causes" were responsible for the deaths of about 900 dolphins that had washed up on its shores. In May, Peruvian authorities said warm waters off its coast were to blame for the deaths of more than 5,000 marine birds.
Conservationists not within the government however, have continued to question the government's reasoning, saying "natural causes" does not explain everything.
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