The war in Ukraine could be causing an increase in dolphin deaths
2022-05-10 15:57:01 TiranaPost
An increase in the deaths of dolphins in the Black Sea may have been caused by the war in Ukraine, scientists say.
Researchers believe the increased acoustic pollution in the northern Black Sea, caused by about 20 Russian naval vessels and ongoing military activities, may have led dolphins south to the Turkish and Bulgarian coasts, where they were stranded or caught in the nets of fishing in an extremely high number.
Since the start of the war, Turkey has recorded an increase in common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) stalls along its Black Sea coast. More than 80 of the animals were found dead in the west.
Initial investigations revealed that about half of these dolphins were killed after being trapped in fishing nets.