Major ecological disaster: 95% of marine animals are dying off the coast of Kamchatka

By | October 11, 2020

Since the beginning of September, hundreds of dead octopuses, large fish, sea urchins, and crabs have been washed up on the shore of Khalaktyr Beach. The series of incidents were widely disseminated on social networks.

Complaints included burning and sore eyes, sore throat, vomiting, and fever, and all symptoms occurred after immersion in water.

Greenpeace specialists later took water samples for analysis. The results revealed an excess of the permissible level of oil products and this by four times.

To make it worse, the level of phenols in water was 2.5 times higher.

The Kamchatka administration ruled it as industrial pollution. However, a natural phenomenon or an earthquake due to a volcanic eruption are possible reasons too. Experts are afraid of its consequences.

What happened in Kamchatka?

According to Russian scientists, environmental pollution has led to a massive extinction of marine life off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

This theory was strengthened after a team of divers discovered a “mass death” of marine life at a depth of 10-15 meters in Avacha Bay.

The sad discovery was announced on October 6 by Ivan Usatov from the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. He explained that “95% of marine life died.”

“There are some large fish, shrimp and crabs left, but very few,” Usatov said at a meeting with Kamchatka Governor Vladimir Solodov.

In late September, local residents reported that surfers complained of eye and skin irritation after they were in contact with water. They even posted several videos on social media that showed dead seals, fish and other sea creatures on at least three beaches in Avacha Bay.

The exact cause of the mass death of marine animals is not known yet. However, since recent days, the scale of the ecological catastrophe is striking.

Researchers are now working actively to identify the source of the pollution.  

Kamchatka Krai Governor Solodov explained that experts were taking samples from a nearby site, that was used to store chemicals in late 1970s.

“The most obvious answer, where there may be a source of pollution, is the Kozelsk pesticide landfill,” the governor said.

Animals are dying in mass

Since the beginning of the year, it has been reported throughout the world that animals are dying in mass.

In late May the death of sixty thousand antelopes in central Kazakhstan has struck the world with horror. Two months later, in Botswana, the death of at least 275 elephants was reported.

More recently, in September, the mass death of wild birds was spotted in the southwestern United States.

Is climate change responsible for this disaster? Researchers are still looking for an answer to why these animals are dying in mass.

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