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A small victory in a long and bitter war…..

February 9, 2010

In my post yesterday I highlighted the issues with a story run on the BBC website:

http://blackswhitewash.com/2010/02/08/galapagos-sea-lions-head-for-warm-peru-waters/

I sent a complaint in the the BBC, and received this reply:

“Thank you for your email regarding this story. We acknowledge that it contained inaccuracies and have issued a corrected version, with an explanation of the changes. “

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A footnote to the story now says:

Correction 8 February: An earlier version of this story had the species incorrectly as sea lion. The mammal in question is fur seal.

The measurements of average sea temperatures were taken by the Peruvian Geophysics Institute, and should not have been attributed to Orca as in the earlier version.

The earlier version had a reference to the temperature rise being caused by climate change. This has been removed as the relevant research is still in its early stages.

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So a partial victory , especially on getting the ludicrous attribution to climate change edited out.

It appears it was a translation error on the site everyone seems to have got the English language version from:

“Due to a translation error, the Peruvian Times reported erroneously on Jan. 28 that a colony of Galapagos sea lions — “lobos marinos” — had been reported off the coast of northern Peru. The species in question is fur seal — “lobos marinos finos.””

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However.  Let is look a little more closely at the new information we now have.

The Galapagos fur seals have traveled 1500km to an island just off the coast of Peru.  This means they have ignored the coast of Ecuador, which is not only 600km closer to the Galapagos islands, but also has comparable sea temperatures.

Does that strike you as a bit odd?  As a deliberate move?  Remember, as again it is omitted from the updated BBC version of the story, this is a tiny group of THIRTY seals we are talking about.  The fur seals, who are endemic to the Galapagos,  who basically spend their whole lives on the beach with the giant tortoises, suddenly pop up out of the blue, in a small group, 1500km away.

So in the balance of common sense, have these fur seals traveled an additional 600km either in open seas, or down the beautifully warm Ecuadorial coast line to a place with colder seas in order to colonize?

Sounds a bit odd to me. There must be another reason for them moving into what are generally colder waters…..so lets dig a little more.

Wikipedia, yes I know it’s fallable, but usually the basic facts of the simple things are broadly correct.  This is what it says in the entry on Galapagos fur seals:

“During El Nino years food supplies can drop extremely low, causing many seals to die from starvation. This is because El Nino raises the temperatures of the waters around the Galápagos, causing the seals’ food supply to migrate to cooler waters……”

The last El Nino conditions were from June 2009 onwards. Peru’s waters and all water south of the Galapagos, is increasingly……….cool.

So once again, we have evidence of  climate activists linking a natural event, migration of animals due to fish stock depletion during El Nino’s, to climate change.

This story of 30 hungry fur seals is nothing to do with climate change.

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3 Comments
  1. Jack Hughes permalink

    Seal-gate revolves round the BBC pumping this non-story ‘cos it suits their agenda.

  2. Brilliant. A great bit of detective work, and congratulations on getting the BBC to change the story.
    If this carries on one day they might even start publishing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth 😉

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