Cause Unknown for Dead Dolphins on Peru Beach

It’s a mystery. No one knows why more than 200 dolphins have washed up dead on beaches in Chiclayo, Peru.

ITN News reports that locals quickly scavenged the bodies along the 60-mile stretch of beach for meat, potentially making it harder to determine cause of death. Watch the report:

ITN News points out that officials have not yet ruled out the possibility that dolphins were hunted and calls this event “particularly unusual” as the seas close by are not a natural home for the mammals.

The Guardian reports samples of the dolphins are being studied by the Peruvian Sea Institute to try and determine cause of death. It also notes that dead anchovies were found on the scene, which could have poisoned the dolphins.