a scientist take photos of dolphin caracasses on the shore of Pimentel Beach in Chiclayo, Peru AP Photo/Nestor Salvatierra
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Mass deaths of dolphins off Peru remains a 'mystery'

Officials in Peru have not yet been able to pinpoint why hundred of dolphins and porpoises have been washing up dead on the counrty’s coastline.

THE REASON WHY hundreds of dolphins have been washing up dead on the Peruvian coast over the past number of months remains “a mystery”, according to officials.

Peruvian authorities have not yet been able to figure out what has causing the mass deaths but hope to reach an answer in the coming weeks, they said.

Some 877 dolphins and porpoises have been found dead on the beaches of northern Peru between February and April, according to Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria.

Quijandria added that experts were currently investigating whether a virus was responsible for the deaths, reports Businessweek.

After several reports of mass animals deaths last year, Googlemaps mapped locations where unusually large numbers of creatures had been found dead.

Animals on the list range from bats and manatees, to pelicans and doves, who scientists said had died from a multitude of causes.

Mass animals deaths around the world mapped>

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