In what seems to be yet another devastating effect of water pollution, as many as 10,000 endangered Titicaca water frogs have been killing in Peru.
While the cause of the deaths is not fully ascertained and authorities are investigating, local claim that these frogs also known as “scrotum frogs” were living in a river that is polluted with 10,000 frogs affected over about 50 kilometers (30 miles).
These frogs were found floating on the surface of the Coata river in southern Peru in recent days, prompting the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor) to launch an investigation. The alert was sounded by an environmental group called the Committee Against the Pollution of the Coata River, which accused the authorities of ignoring the river’s severe pollution.
Specialists assessed Puno ATFFS dead specimens, Coata along the river in the buffer zone of the Titicaca National Reserve. To do this, they toured two sample points, in which dead specimens could be found on both banks of the river, in the Jaruna and Islapata sector, coata district.
To protest, its supporters brought 100 of the dead frogs to the central square in the regional capital, Puno. Protest leader Maruja Inquilla urged the authorities to take the dead frogs as a wake-up call.
“I’ve had to bring them the dead frogs. The authorities don’t realize how we`re living. They have no idea how major the pollution is. The situation is maddening,” said Inquilla. “Why is the state so apathetic? We need a sewage treatment plant now.”
The frogs live only in Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake, and its tributaries.
Known officially as Telmatobius culeus, they got their nickname from their many folds of skin, which help them breathe in their high-altitude habitat in the Andes mountains.
The samples obtained by the ATFFS Puno, in coordination with specialists Elias and Roberto Enrique Ramos Denver Zoo, will be evaluated to determine the death of the specimens and initiate the corresponding investigations.