Subject: Marine Mammal Death Alert! (fwd)

Michael Williamson (williams@whale.simmons.edu)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 07:27:34 -0500 (EST)

Subject: Marine Mammal Death Alert!

Environmental officials in Mexico declared a state of emergency in the Gulf
of California following the deaths of whales and dolphins.  Authorities in
Sinaloa State suspect the marine mammals may be dying from a chemical dumped
into the sea by drug traffickers.  The substance, known as NK-19, is used to
mark drug loads for nighttime detection from the air by other smugglers.  No
number of deaths was given, but Luis Fuello of the Environment Ministery's
office in Culiacan described them as 'massive'.  The gulf is rich in diverse
marine life, and is also a main corridor for cocaine and other drug
shipments destined for the US.


Any suggestion from our network for action on this?


Reed Behrens
World Whale Day
Cordially,



Reed Behrens
Director, World Whale Day
Corvallis, OR