Spinner dolphins of Peru

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Stenella longirostris (Gray, 1828)

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Common names:

English = Spinner dolphin                            Spanish – Delfín tornillo

Conservation Status of spinner dolphins:

  • Spinner dolphins are listed in Annex 2 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species;
  • Spinner dolphins are listed in Annex C1 (strongest category of protection) of Regulation 3626/82 of the European Union;
  • Spinner dolphins are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of the United States of America and the eastern stock is declared to be “depleted”;
  • Spinner dolphins are listed as “insufficiently known” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

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Distribution of spinner dolphins in Peru:

Unknown (presence registered in northern Peru)

Historical and present threats for spinner dolphins:

  • purse seine fishery for tuna (also off northern Peru)

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Whale watching and conservation initiatives:

Whale and dolphin watching offers an economic alternative to whaling and support species conservation. Whale watching tours are also offering research opportunities. Support species conservation and research, while enjoying whales and dolphins in Peru with Nature Expeditions.

Become a dolphin conservation volunteer and support the conservation and research programs of Mundo Azul.

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What we do to stop the dolphin slaughter in Peru:

According to our estimate between 5000 and 15000 dolphins are killed illegally in Peru each year to be used as shark bait by Peruvian fishermen. Additionally up to 3000 dolphins are killed each year illegally in Peru for human consumption. In 2002 Mundo Azul started investigating the Peruvian black market on illegally caught dolphin meat. The dolphin meat is regularly landed at night on beaches near the ports in order to avoid the controls of harbor officials. At this point, the meat is already cut into small pieces and hidden in boxes, while heads, flukes, bones and intestines have been thrown over board before or while entering the harbor. The meat is then openly sold on local markets. In 2013 Mundo Azul uncovered the massive dolphin kill for shark bait. Stefan Austermühle, Executive Director of Mundo Azul, managed to travel in a full month fishing trip and filmed the brutal killing of dolphins – pictures that sent a shock wave around the world. Please support our campaign to pressure the Peruvian government to act decisively in order to end the dolphin killing in Peru.;

Mundo Azuls volunteers are engaged in undercover investigation of illegal sales of dolphin meat. We are then providing the collected intelligence to the Peruvian police and are actively supporting the implementation of police raids. We are also supporting the Peruvian police thru capacity building. Raising public awareness and environmental education are further activities of our dolphin conservation campaign. We are engaged in dolphin research providing us with important baseline information for conservation planning. Finally we are promoting whale and dolphin watching as a sustainable economic alternative to illegal dolphin killing.

We are also active on an international level against dolphin captivity and whaling.

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What you can do to stop the dolphin slaughter in Peru

  1. Spread the word: share this web-page with your social network friends or send out the link by email.
  2. Go whale watching and dolphin watching in Peru with Nature Expeditions: This way you are directly supporting Mundo Azuls research and conservation work and you are showing the Peruvian public that tourism can be an economic alternative to dolphin killing
  3. Sign on to the various action alerts and signature lists published regularly in Mundo Azuls web site.

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Stay in touch with Mundo Azul!

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Be a conservation volunteer with Mundo Azul

Take part in dolphin and wildlife conservation projects, advocacy campaigns, environmental education and much more

 

Apply for an internship

If you want to dedicate a few months or more to meaningful conservation work in Peru, than this is the option for you.

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Book the following trips with Mundo Azuls commercial partner Nature Expeditions in Peru in order to support our conservation work

coastal marine birding               coastal wetland birding                                                     Urban birding in Lima

  

Protected bird site                                           Coastal desert oasis

Pantanos de Villa                                               Lomas de Lachay                                              Birding in the Andes

  

 

 

 

Please also support the following conservation campaigns

Save the dolphins          Save the sharks                                                                                         

 

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