An alleged poisonous spill on the beach Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East had destroyed around ninety-five percent of marine life on the nearby seabed, described by local scientists, after a weeks-long team to examine the mysterious happening.
Initially, it was identified by the local surfers who spotted that there was going something wrong at Khalaktyr beach when around twenty people in a surf camp faced severe retina injuries and symptoms like food poisoning.
A suspected toxic spill along a beach on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula has killed 95% of marine life on the surrounding seabed, local scientists have said, following a weeks-long campaign to investigate the mysterious incident. https://t.co/sVAEZTMShh
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At the start of September, the color of the water has changed to a greyish-yellow, a solid foul smell spread in the air, and a dense layer of milky foam on the surface. After a few days, seals, octopuses, and several other sea creatures started to exhaust on the beach.
Initially, local authorities have not taken this report seriously and dismissed it. But after increasing pressure, the Investigative Committee of Russia on Wednesday projected an investigation into suspected violations on account of environmentally dangerous elements, waste, and marine pollution.
Maximum of the marine life died
In a conference with Vladimir Solodov, the Governor of Kamchatka, local scientists described that the maximum of the sea life on the seabed was deceased.
According to a report published on the governor’s official website, in which scientist Ivan Usatov described that on the shore, they didn’t get any bigger number of dead sea animals or birds. But when they went inside the ocean, they found that there is a large number of deaths of benthos (bottom-dwelling organisms) at depths around ten to fifteen meters, ninety-five percent are dead. There was a very small number of marine creatures, including shrimps, crabs, and large fishes survived.
Scientists group described that they though the polluted region is significantly larger than the parts they inspected and that the other marine lives are still at risk due to the lack of any element left for them to survive.
The published reported said that a photographer who took part in the underwater expedition with the scientist’s group even faced a retina injury.
Kristina Rozenberg, a local tour guide, posted on her Instagram that their guys dived, and they returned to the surface with tears on their eyes. Moreover, the whole seabed was covered with dead animal’s bodies.