Dolphin & Pelican Deaths Off NW Coast of Peru
“…But the sea the people knew. The dolphin leaps in and out of it suddenly, as a creature that suddenly exists, out of nowhere. He was not: and lo! there he is! The dolphin which gives up the sea’s rainbows only when he dies. Out he leaps; then, with a head-dive, back again he plunges into the sea. He is so much alive…”
--D.H. Lawrence, Etruscan Places, (his last book, published in 1932, two years after his death)
Whenever I hear of dolphin killings and unexplained strandings, I need to know more and investigate. Being a Sun-sign Pisces is only one reason why. At the age of 14, I visited SeaWorld in Florida, was mesmerized by the dolphins I saw, and then gave a junior high school extemporaneous talk on my experience with them in a speech-giving class that gave me the courage – for the first time in my life – to talk confidently before a large group. The current story about hundreds and – according to the BlueVoice.Org website – perhaps 3000 strandings of long-beaked common dolphins and Burmeister’s porpoises along dozens of miles of coastline in Northwest Peru is the latest in a wave of dolphin and porpoise disasters being reported in the multi-media recently.
You may recall that over 100 common dolphins were stranded along the Cape Cod coastline (extending about 25 miles) starting back on January 12 of this year. Out of 111, 81 of these dolphins were dead and 30 were nursed back into health – able to return to ocean waters. This was the worst case of this kind of dolphin deaths around Cape Cod since 1998. And a species known as Hector’s dolphins – that are only living around New Zealand – are severely endangered and the questions remain about whether the dire problems affecting these sea-going mammals, as well as dolphins and porpoises around the world, have to do with oceanic pollution, pesticides, plastics, gill nets, marine mining, viruses afflicting cetaceans, a combination of these influences or something unknown.
The Essence of the Peruvian Crisis So Far (As Reported by the Associated Press)
LIMA, Peru (AP) April 20 – 21, 2012 — Peruvian authorities are still trying to unravel the mystery of why hundreds of dolphins ended up dead on beaches in the country over the past 2 1/2 months.
Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria told The Associated Press in an interview on Friday that studies are incomplete but officials hope to complete their research on the likely causes next week.
He said that the carcasses of 877 dolphins and porpoises were found between February and mid-April on the beaches of northern Peru. About 90 percent were long-beaked common dolphins, while others were Burmeister porpoises, Quijandria said.
"The most probable hypothesis is the possibility of an infection with a virus," he said. "There are scientific articles about the incidence of morbillivirus, a type of distemper, in cetaceans in Peru, and that can be ruled out or proven next week."
He said officials don't believe the dolphins' deaths are related to seismic oil exploration work that was carried out off northern Peru between Feb. 8 and April 8 by the Houston-based company BPZ Energy.
Rafael Zoeger, the company's manager in Peru, said the seismic studies were carried out using a ship that fired discharges of compressed air toward the sea floor. It's customary for oil companies to carry out such surveys with air-guns that emit sounds and send out underwater pulses. Zoeger said the company does not believe the dolphins died due to the oil exploration work.
The Peruvian environmental group Orca has said that sound waves from the seismic work appeared to be the likely cause…
Hundreds of dolphins have at times turned up dead on beaches in various parts of the world, though the number of dolphins counted in northern Peru was particularly high. Quijandria said the country hasn't seen such a large die-off of dolphins in recent years.
He said Peru hopes to receive help from experts at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in studying whether the dolphins and porpoises had some sort of virus.
Researchers elsewhere are studying the effects on marine mammals of the air-guns used in seismic studies. But George Ioup, a physics professor at the University of New Orleans, said "it's pretty much an open question at this point... whether harm is caused to the animals."
Disputed Figures from BlueVoice and More
While the Peruvian official in the AP article above gave a figure of 877 dolphins and porpoises, the far-more activist and protective organization BlueVoice has suggested the number may be more like 3000 – and most, if not all, younger than five weeks. Key members of that group fear that the seismic oil exploration work – conducted by BPZ Energy out of Houston, TX – may be partially responsible since a preliminary finding among the dead dolphins and porpoises points to acoustic impact and decompression syndrome – that the mammals, who hear, travel and feed by echolocation (or bisonar) are quickly rising out of deep waters, because their habitat is being greatly disturbed, and they are dying in the process.
The multi-media may soon be sold a fictional story that it is a massive virus infusion (more likely an after-effect of the large numbers dying close to one another or being “harvested” by fishermen along coastal waters, and spreading a virus in that manner). The “virus cause” – if this is announced shortly by Peruvian officials – would be created in order to prevent massive lawsuits and years of investigation of those air-guns on the exploratory oil-searching ships that emit intense sounds at the ocean floor and surrounding areas. As dolphin, porpoise and whale researchers have known for decades, these extraordinary sea creatures are highly intelligent and deeply sensitive to the power in sound, usually relate very well to the harmonious presence of humans, and thrive in a rich social climate of nurturance and sophisticated communication by a variety of clicks, whistles, and burst-pulsed vibrations.
Review these stunning quotations from a Wikipedia entry about dolphins on the web:
Dolphin echolocation clicks are amongst the loudest sounds made by marine animals.
In 2011 researchers in the United States and Great Britain, using a CymaScope — an instrument which produces visible patterns from sound — have found that part of dolphin communication consists of receiving and transmitting sound pictures. It is almost certain that to some extent this ability is shared by the entire dolphin family. [Note from Mark Lerner: I have put the phrase sound pictures into bold and italic as this indicates that dolphins are communicating by their version of clairvoyance and/or clairaudience – a kind of visual and audio telepathy.]
Generally, dolphins sleep with only one brain hemisphere in slow-wave sleep at a time, thus maintaining enough consciousness to breathe and to watch for possible predators and other threats…The Indus river dolphin has a sleep method that is different from that of other dolphin species. Living in water with strong currents and potentially dangerous floating debris, it must swim continuously to avoid injury. As a result, this species sleeps in very short bursts which last between 4 and 60 seconds.
Using Astro-Locality Techniques to Solve the Problem
When I initially read about the Peruvian crisis, I immediately started to track the last few New and Full Moons, as well as the Winter Solstice of 2011 and the Spring Equinox of 2012. When explosive, shocking and extreme events happen on our planet, Mundane Astrologers frequently turn to the potency of solar-lunar unions and oppositions, eclipses, solstices and equinoxes to look for celestial bodies that are rising, setting, above or below in key localities – that could be the “stellar trigger points” for earthly disasters. Because of the superb software in the astrology field and the profound techniques connected to placing solar, lunar and planetary energy-lines around the world, the modern professional astrologer – working with locality tools – can determine potential cosmic causes of terrestrial events.
You may know that the main planet associated with the oceans and sea creatures is Neptune, and Neptune has only recently (February 3, 2012) entered Pisces – the last water sign of the zodiac – for the next 14 years. Neptune is only in this sign of the double-fish every 164 years. Thus, this is a very rare linkage of a planet and a zodiacal sign that are both hugely connected to the oceans of the world, the life in these oceans, the feeding and hunting areas for sea-creatures, as well as oil exploration and any pollution or destructive activity going on in the Earth’s water-realms.
In addition, Saturn is the key planet associated with sound and hearing, as well as any negative activity that could interfere with mammals who rely all the time on having their sound signals and the concomitant echo vibrations tell them what they need to know – to travel safely, feed, nurture the young, and know where to go if a natural abode is threatened by humanity’s dangerous underwater weaponry.
As you will learn in our next installment (where I go over the results of examining several New and Full Moons, and the recent Spring Equinox and Winter Solstice), Neptune and Saturn are, indeed, clearly playing a dominant role in why these dolphins and porpoises are dying off the coast of Peru. The biggest disturbance occurred exactly when the crisis began in February since at the Full Moon of February 7, not only was Saturn directly below off the coast of northwest Peru, but this planet was precisely stationary or virtually motionless – ratcheting up its potency, for good or ill, to a maximum level. Furthermore, the entire Heliocentric Orbit of Saturn – what are known as the Nodes of Saturn – was also rising and setting in that same region of Peru.
Thus, so far, it is clear to me that – from the astrological perspective – the cosmic influences of Neptune entering Pisces for 14 years on February 3, 2012 and Saturn’s formidable presence just four days later at the Full Moon of Aquarius-Leo (February 7, 2012) are primary agents in this massive catastrophe affecting thousands of dolphins and porpoises. In Part II, I will show that this crisis may be far from over and could connect to the center of our galaxy – which may also be part of the discord the Earth and Humanity may face later in 2012 in association with the end of the Mayan Long Count of 5,125 years.
Update May 8, 2012
While the world still awaits an answer of what is killing the deaths of thousands of dolphins off the coast of Peru, now it is at least 1,200 pelicans that have been found deceased along the Peruvian coast in the last couple of weeks. According to the Associated Press on May 5: “Peru's Health Ministry is urging people to stay away from Pacific beaches from Lima northward after recent large-scale deaths of pelicans and dolphins. Neither the Health Ministry nor Peru's oceanographic institute has determined the cause of the deaths, and there is no indication the deaths of the birds and the mammals are related.”
According to a current feature in The New York Times, the Peruvian coast is “one of the richest marine habitats on Earth.” The President of the Association of Artisanal Fisherman in Peru, Francisco Renteria, says: “Never in my 40 years as a fisherman have I seen anything like this.”
The Peruvian Health Ministry is temporarily trying to pin the blame for the dolphin deaths on a virus, and the pelican deaths on too few anchovies causing the birds to starve. However, environmental groups are still of the view that oil drilling as well as pesticides and biotoxins moving up through the food chain may be the real culprits. It is also possible that more drastic and still hidden problems affecting the world’s oceans – via Global Warming and the massive melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice – could be to blame as well. Apparently, the anchovies that both pelicans and dolphins feed on enjoy living in fairly cool waters whereas some of the El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean have raised the water temperature recently.
The Full Moon of Taurus-Scorpio on May 5 reveals Saturn above and Mercury below through Peru with Pluto – the planet of extremes, mysteries and secrets – rising off the northwest coast of Peru. Saturn rules sound and the sense of hearing while Mercury is the key ruler of all communication and navigation. Mercury and Saturn were precisely opposite in the sky at this last Full Moon – intensifying their archetypal qualities. At the Gemini New Moon (also an Annular Solar Eclipse) on May 20, Neptune – the traditional ruling planet of the oceans and sea creatures – is exactly below off the coast of Peru. This continues the recent trend – going on now for many months – where powerful and exact cosmic-planetary pressures (at New and Full Moons, Eclipses, Equinoxes and Solstices) are bearing down on this besieged South American country.
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