At least 500 dolphins have died in the past few weeks in northern Peru.

The animals, mostly common dolphins, were found stranded on different beaches in the regions of Lambayeque, Piura and La Libertad, among others.

Scientists are still trying to find out the exact reason of this massive death. The most probable hypotheses being handled are the dolphins are dying from poisoning by substances thrown into the waters by fishermen, poisoning from ingesting toxic algae and/or from getting stuck in nets.

“The analysis of the cetaceans’ cause of death will be out in about two weeks,” said Jaime de la Cruz, with the Marine Institute of Peru.

This phenomenon also happened two years ago when over 800 dolphins died.

Locals are demanding the authorities to do something quickly about the bodies because their meat is being illegally sold on the city markets.

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