On the heels of massive dolphin strandings on the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts (HW 2/17/12), comes news that at least 264 dead bottlenosed dolphins have washed ashore over a 66-mile stretch of sandy beach in Chiclayo, Peru.
“We have taken samples to determine the cause of death,” said Edward Barriga, an official with Peru’s Oceanic Institute (Imarpe) in Lambayeque, after the dolphin deaths were reported on February 10. According to the Lima-based newspaper El Comercio Perú, Barriga ordered the samples to be sent to Lima for analysis. Barriga also said that enormous quantities of dead anchovies had been found on the beaches between San José and Palo Parado, in Mórrope.
According to Jorge Torres Cabrejos, head of Lambayeque’s Association of Maritime Growers, the anchovies appeared to have eaten plankton contaminated by heavy pollution. The dolphins might have consumed the contaminated plankton and become sick.
But Carlos Yaipen of ORCA, an NGO that helps marine creatures in the South Pacific, speculated that the dolphins may have been killed by the impact of offshore oil exploration and drilling in the region. He called the mass dolphin deaths a “very serious” issue.
Others wonder whether the deaths are connected to research by the U.S. military’s HAARP (High Frequency Auroral Research Program) in the area. (It should be noted, for the record, that HAARP is a favorite target of conspiracy theorists, who have blamed it for everything from the Haitiaan earthquake to government-sponsored radio-wave mind control attempts. I take no position on the matter–I am simply reporting what some people have speculated.) On the website Activist Post, writer Heather Callaghan posted a map showing possible HAARP locations, including one on the Peruvian coast, and a Google map of recorded animal deaths as of January 2011; the maps show some correspondences, although her source for the HAARP map is unclear. And on the blog Tutunui-Wananga (“The Personification of the Knowledge of Whales”), marine animal activist Jeff Phillips wrote:
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The coastal area where the dead dolphins were found, Chiclayo, is on the southern edge of a major petroleum exploration basin called Block Z34. Chiclayo is even closer to a major off-shore natural gas field.
The corporations that have been granted permits for exploration and drilling include London-based Gold Oil and the Peruvian corporation Petrotech, which is affiliated with BPZ and is believed to be owned now by the governments of South Korea and Colombia. BGP Geo-explorer has been performing ‘geophysical exploration’ activities in this area over the last year using its ‘research vessel’ the Pioneer.
The pattern in Peru is EXACTLY the same as what has been happening in New Zealand: anomalous earth-quake activity and unusual strandings of cetaceans in the presence of ‘seismic exploration’ vessels as well as ‘radio frequency installations’ or technologies that could easily be integrated into a ‘HAARP-based’ technetronic weapons network.