Twenty animals have died off the coast of Istanbul in the Black Sea. Experts wonder if their deaths were related to the war in Ukraine.
An animal relief volunteer found the bodies of twenty-four dolphins off the coast of Akashili. This place is located on the shores of the Black Sea north of Istanbul. The Turkish private channel NTV reported that the person had alerted authorities. Gendermary took their remains to determine the cause of death of the animals.
“The shores on the other side of the Black Sea are a battlefield. Died of chemicals in water? We have to determine the cause, ”Gurgan Kazoklu, a volunteer who discovered the dead dolphins, told NTV. Part of Ukraine is bordered by the Black Sea.
The Turkish Maritime Research Foundation said in a statement on Saturday that “there has been an unusual increase in the number of dead dolphins off the west coast of Turkey’s Black Sea.”
In general, most dolphins end up trapped in fishing nets or pelagic trawls, but the reason for such an unprecedented rise and their concentration in the Black Sea remains unclear, the foundation said. “We are examining the effects of climate change, abnormal maritime traffic, fish migration and the intense military operations of dolphins moving south,” the foundation added.
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