Russian surfers say mystery ocean pollution is poisoning them and killing animals

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Russian surfers say mystery ocean pollution is poisoning them and killing animals

The surfers in the far eastern area of Russia’s Kamchatka have informed that ocean pollution is in such a bad state that it is poisoning them and likely the reason behind the death of sea animals along the Pacific coast. Images as well as videos circulating through social media reveal many dead marine animals on the area’s beaches in the recent days, which include sea stars, shellfish, fish and octopuses.

Kamchatka, though very remote, is popular for its volcanoes and nature reserves.

Geographer Yekaterina Dyba, the owner of Snowave Kamchatka, a surfing school in the region, was the first one to have raised an alarm through social media a few days ago, sayings that surfers had been complaining of some kind of poisoning-type symptoms from the water, such as dryness, blurred vision, white shroud, high fever, weakness and nausea.

Greenpeace Russia has called this situation going on in Kamchatka as ecological disaster and urged a probe.

Post the outcry, Aleksei Kumarkov, the area’s acting Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, said that a test on water samples indicated high presence of increased petroleum products, which is higher than the levels of phenol as well as other substances.

The regional prosecutors have started probing the alleged pollution in Kamchatka waters; however it still is unclear what’s the source of chemical might be.

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