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400 dolphins dead on Peru beaches

Published on Feb 5, 2014 8:00 AM
 
A scientist inspecting the remains of a dolphin washed ashore in Lambayeque, in the northern coast of Peru, some 750km north of Lima on Jan 27, 2014. The bodies of around 400 dolphins washed up on beaches in northern Peru last month, baffling authorities who are so far mystified as to the cause, officials said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

LIMA (AFP) - The bodies of around 400 dolphins washed up on beaches in northern Peru last month, baffling authorities who are so far mystified as to the cause, officials said on Tuesday.

The mammals' remains were found on beaches stretching across the northern departments of Piura and Lambayeque, said Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE) official Jaime de la Cruz in Chiclayo.

Lambayeque is in far northern Peru, almost at the Ecuadoran border.

Samples of the animals' remains were sent to Lima for autopsies to be done, Mr De la Cruz said.

 
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