Off the coast of Odesa region due to the Russian invaders, dolphins are dying en masse – ecologist

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Off the coast of Odesa region due to the Russian invaders, dolphins are dying en masse – ecologist

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On the coast of Odesa region during the war were found dead marine mammals, affected by the presence of the enemy fleet.

Due to the danger, environmentalists cannot survey all the beaches and estimate the real extent of the damage caused to nature. This was announced by ecologist Ivan Rusev on his Facebook page.

He noted that the bodies of dead dolphins have been appearing on the coast since the start of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. According to the expert, the lack of external damage that dolphins could receive from poachers indicates atypical causes of animal death.

“Examination of the dead animals revealed that there were no traces of nets or cut-off tails on the bodies of dolphins, which is very telling when dolphins fall into poaching nets and are thrown out by poachers. Due to the war, the scale of the deaths is currently unknown, as it is impossible to survey all parts of the coast. And the dolphin thrown out by the sea is quickly eaten by predators, the remains of the animal are taken away by the sea again or covered with sand ", - Ivan Rusev commented. He also suggested that it will be difficult to estimate the real scale of the enemy's presence in the water.

He explained that the threat to dolphins is not only anti-ship mines and powerful shells fired by the occupiers, but also less destructive, at first glance, things. In particular, military sonar has a negative impact on animal health, damaging and disorienting dolphins' hearing.

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