On the beaches of Chancey in the province of Huaral in Peru, there is a cleanup effort underway as a massive amount of marine life and animals have been found dead near the water. It started five days ago. Residents thought it was an isolated incident at first, but each morning, they have awoken to a whole new wave of perished creatures. Scientists are flocking there now trying to come up with an explanation for this sudden phenomenon, but so far, no one is offering up any real theories.
We have had some of our readers inquiring about this incident and suggesting that perhaps this is more evidence of radiation from the Fukushima power plant in Japan poisoning the ocean. We reported on radiation reaching the beaches of San Francisco just the other day. However, there are a couple of things that make this mass dying not likely to be result of Fukushima. First of all, if you look at the ocean currents, there is no real reason to believe that the ocean’s systems would take the radiation of Fukushima to Peru before they reached the west coast of the United States. After all, the currents take the water from Japan on a crash course with the west coast, while the trip to Peru would be a much longer and winding journey with much more interaction with unaffected waters to help dilute things. So, by that logic, if this Peruvian situation was a result of Fukushima, we should have already seen mass dyings in the marine life around the California coast. Thus far, no such findings have been reported.
What is the cause of the mass dying? Hard to say from the information we have. It could be a harbinger of a disaster to come. Perhaps seismic activity. Perhaps a contamination situation that we don’t even know about. The fact that it is not just one species turning up dead seems to eliminate a plague specific to one kind of creature, so for now, all we can do is continue to offer up theories and hope that this is just an isolated incident that is no predictor of future events.