Many creatures lay dead on the shores of Kamchatka, Russia, indicating high pollution levels in the marine water. The suddenness of the incident has set Russian authorities on high alert.
According to late September reports, water on Khalaktyr beach had changed color. It has also a peculiar smell.
Meanwhile, videos and photos of many dead creatures also went viral. Octopuses, fish, starfish and sea urchins died in the 40 km stretch from Cape Nalychev to Avacha Bay.
Surfers had actually started complaining that they were feeling ill three weeks ago. A local surfer, Rasul Gadzhiev, then reported that the water seemed to be burning their eyes now. Local residents who used the Pacific beaches also complained of vomiting, fever, rashes and swollen eyelids.
After pollution and death, Kamchatka an ‘ecological disaster’
Kamchatka, a remote region in Russia, is famous for its beautiful nature and active volcanos. However, now seeing the condition of the marine pollution, Greenpeace has called it “an ecological disaster”.
Specialists are in the meantime collecting samples from the beaches and rivers. They are also using drone to look into the matter. Early analysis showed oil products and phenol in the water.
Even Russia’s emergencies ministry is investigating the issue. Some volunteers are also helping them.
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