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According to official numbers, more than 54,000 whales have been hunted in Peru between 1951 and 1987 and it is very probable that the real number is much higher. These whales have not been hunted by Peruvians, but by foreign whaling fleets. The last nation to arrive in Peru in order to hunt whales was Japan. They established a whaling basis in Paita from where they hunted sperm whales. Because of this activity, Peru was one of the countries to ratify the international moratorium on whaling.


In recent times, the Peruvian government has shown a wiser policy towards whales. Recuperating it’s voting rights in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and recognizing it’s responsibility, the government representatives voted in favor of whale conservation. Being a member of the IWC is not just an additional burden for a developing country. It is much more an opportunity to take part in a decision making process that may benefit the Peruvian people in their economic development as well as the conservation of their country’s biodiversity.

With more than 30 species of whales and dolphins being registered in its marine and aquatic area, Peru is one of the countries in South America with the highest potential for whale watching tourism. But many of the species registered – especially the big whales – are migratory species. It therefore does not make a lot of sense to try to protect them only on a national level while Japanese whalers kill them in the Antarctic waters. The protection of whales as a global natural heritage is of vital interest to Peru.

Mundo Azul is actively working with the governmental entities like the Foreign Affairs Ministry, being responsible to secure Peru’s conservation policy on an international level, by taking part in workshops and establishing regular information exchange. We are also active in informing the Peruvian public on the latest events on international whale conservation due to an active media work on the national level.

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.


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.


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.



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.


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