Peruvian authorities are scrambling for answers as 10,000 critically endangered Telmatobius culeus otherwise known as the Titicaca water frog have washed up on the shores of lake Titicaca. Titicaca is South America’s largest lake, and now a frog graveyard.
The 10k frogs that have passed on to frog heaven cover a 50km area. In the title I said they died “for no reason”, but Peru’s Captain Planet representatives SERFOR have gathered reports from locals with anecdotal evidence pointing toward horrible amounts of pollutants in the area.
This is bad news considering over the last three generations of frogs the population has shrunk by 80%.
The whole thing didn’t begin to get investigated until the protest group Committee Against the Pollution of the Coata River brought 100 of the dead little dudes to the National Forestry and Wildlife Service in Puno.
“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 Protest leader Maruja Inquillaa.
“Why is the state so apathetic? We need a sewage treatment plant now.”
The real reason the media is giving them such a large attention though is their colloquial name. The Titicaca water frog has copious amount of skin, a lot like an old mans balls, so the locals jokingly call them Scrotum Frogs. Hopefully the international attention the Scrotum Frogs are getting will help their plight, and not suffer the same fate as the Some Dumb Shit You Don’t Want to Click On Frog (SDSYDWC Frog).
In 2014 a WHO report found that the capital city Lima has the worst air pollution in Latin America, so it isn’t just the frogs that are getting it, although the residents of Lima don’t need to worry about getting over-collected for consumption like the Scrotum Frog.