Dolphins killed as bait in Peru

22.10.2013

More than 15 000 dolphins are killed by poachers in Peru. They kill them to get meat for baiting sharks. Peruan conservationists faced growth of this brutal massacre. The fact is that the smell of dolphin blood attracts sharks in a radius of several kilometers, which is impossible with mackerel or squid.

More than 15 000 dolphins are killed by poachers in Peru

Sharks are hunted for their fins, which is not only an exquisite delicacy, but also a powerful aphrodisiac in Asian cuisines. Hunting sharks is yet legal in Peru, but some companies prefer poaching instead of getting license.It is known that 545 small ships are trading it, each killing up to six dolphins at a time. Likely shark hunting and shark fins export will be prohibited soon, and it will be the first step to saving dolphins in Peru.