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Dead dolphins wash up on the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese ship spilled thousands of gallons of oil


Dead dolphins wash up on the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese ship spilled thousands of gallons of oil when it ran aground

  • At least 14 dolphins have washed up on the coast of Mauritius after an oil spill
  • The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef on July 25th
  • The environmental group Greenpeace has requested an investigation into the incident

At least 14 dead dolphins have washed up on the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese ship spilled over a thousand tons of fuel last month.

Other Electra dolphins were stranded on land and appeared to be seriously ill, said environmental adviser Sunil Dowarkasing.

Mr. Dowarkasing said, “This is a terrible day. We see these dolphins swim to the shore in distress and then die. We have never seen any deaths from these very intelligent marine mammals. Never before. & # 39;

More dolphins may have become extinct at sea, and tests are being conducted to determine the cause of death for those found on land, he said.

"I think there are two possibilities: either they died from tons of fuel spilled in the sea, or they were poisoned by the toxic materials on the bow of the ship that sank offshore," Dowarkasing told The Associated Press.

At least 14 dead dolphins have washed up on the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese ship spilled over a thousand tons of fuel last month. Other dolphins were stranded on land and appeared to be seriously ill, said environmental advisor Sunil Dowarkasing

The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef near the east coast of Mauritius on July 25. The surf struck the ship's hull for days, and on August 6 it began to leak fuel into the waters of the Mahebourg lagoon, polluting a protected wetland, mangroves, and a small island that was a bird and nature reserve

The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef near the east coast of Mauritius on July 25. The surf struck the ship's hull for days, and on August 6 it began to leak fuel into the waters of the Mahebourg lagoon, polluting a protected wetland, mangroves, and a small island that was a bird and nature reserve

“We were concerned about that. The oil spill and the sinking of the arch are ruining the best preserved area of ​​our island so far, ”he said.

The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef near the east coast of Mauritius on July 25.

Hit by the surf for days, the hull broke and on August 6, fuel began to spill into the waters of the Mahebourg lagoon, polluting a protected wetland, mangroves and a small island that was a bird and nature reserve.

The ship later broke in two and the bow, the smaller of the two parts, was towed into the sea and sunk.

The ship's captain and first officer were accused of compromising safe navigation. It is not yet clear why the ship went miles off course.

Greenpeace has requested an investigation. The long-term effects of the oil spill will likely affect whales, turtles, seabirds and much of the marine life in the area, Greenpeace warned

Greenpeace has requested an investigation. The long-term effects of the oil spill will likely affect whales, turtles, seabirds and much of the marine life in the area, Greenpeace warned

The dolphins were found after the ship poured oil into the waters of Mauritius, Mahebourg lagoon [see map above]

The dolphins were found after the ship poured oil into the waters of Mauritius, Mahebourg lagoon [see map above]

The environmental group Greenpeace has requested an investigation.

"This is a deeply sad and alarming day for the people of Mauritius and for its unique biodiversity," said Happy Khambule, Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Greenpeace Africa.

The long-term effects of the oil spill are likely to affect whales, turtles, seabirds and much of the marine life in the area, Greenpeace warned.

Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace Japan joined the government of a Mauritian human rights organization, Dis Moi, in a letter on Monday calling for greater transparency and accountability in dealing with the crisis and for extensive investigation.

“The ocean is part of who we are. The whole country, including the coastal communities, depends on its health, ”said Vijay Naraidoo, co-director of Dis Moi.

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