Mass death of marine animals at Russia's popular beach in Kamchatka

Mass death of marine animals at Russia's popular beach in Kamchatka”

Conservation group WWF described the pollution as toxic.

Federal investigators in Russian Federation have launched a criminal case in response to the environmental disaster in Kamchatka that's polluted the waters of Avacha Bay and decimated local marine life.

Greenpeace last week said it looked like an ecological disaster off the coast of Kamchatka region, where dead sea creatures washed up on the shore. Officials say they are investigating all possible sources of the pollution, including landfills bordering Avacha Bay and coastal areas where pesticide supplies are buried.

As more and more photos of the dead seals, large fish, octopuses, crabs, sea urchins, and other sea animals surface, and the surfers in the area report burns in their eyes and throats, the severity of the disaster is increasing.

"The harmful substances that poisoned them should have remained in the tissue of the animals" to allow examination, biology expert Vladimir Rakov was quoted as saying by the NGO.

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Several days ago, residents of Kamchatka reported an unusual number of dead marine animals washing up on the beaches of the Pacific coast.

Scientists told regional authorities on Tuesday that almost all marine life on the seabed of the Avacha Bay - located on the Kamchatka peninsula's southern coast - had been killed, with only a small number of large fish, shrimp and crab surviving.

Coming on the heels of a massive oil leak in Siberia, the latest incident has sparked a large-scale investigation with fears that poisonous substances in underground storage since the Soviet era could have leaked into the water.

So far, these are just theories, and the truth won't come out until test results come back from the lab, the governor said.

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