Mauritius oil spill: Dead dolphins found after shipwreck

Dead dolphin

Image copyright
Nitin Jeeha

Image caption

Residents woke up to the sight of dead dolphins

At least 13 dead dolphins have been found on the seashore in Mauritius, more than a month after the huge oil spill caused by a Japanese-owned ship.

The deaths have been caused either by the spill or the authorities’ decision to sink the ship’s stem, environmental campaigners say.

The carcasses have been sent for a post-mortem, which will establish the cause of deaths, police said.

These are the first reported deaths of dolphins since the shipwreck.

Up to now, many fish and crabs have been found dead.

It is very rare for so many dead dolphins to be found at the same time. Two were found in May 2019.

The MV Wakashio ran aground on coral reef on 25 Juy at Pointe d’Esny, a known sanctuary for rare wildlife.

The area also contains wetlands designated as a site of international importance by the Ramsar convention on wetlands.

Image copyright

Image caption

The authorities decided to sink the front part of the vessel last week

The sight of dead dolphins has caused much anger among residents.

“Waking up this morning to witness so many dead dolphins on our seashore is worse than a nightmare. Many non-governmental organisations, fishermen, experts said not to sink that ship at the place they did as it was like a home for the dolphins but once again the authority took a bad decision,” resident Nitin Jeeha told the BBC.

“I have seen around eight to 10 dead dolphins. Are there more in the lagoon?” he added.

The Department of Fisheries confirmed 13 deaths, saying many of the dolphins were dead, while others were weak or dying, when they were found on the seashore.

Image copyright
Nitin Jeeha

Image caption

Many tourists swim with dolphins in Mauritius

Oceanographer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo said the dolphins smelled of fuel oil.

“In my opinion, this situation will continue to deteriorate as time goes on,” he was quoted by local media as saying.

Environmentalist Sunil Dowarkasing said either the oil spill from the bulk carrier or the sinking of its front last week caused the deaths.

“The scuttling probably disturbed marine mammals in their natural habitat. There will be after-effects, and this is just the beginning,” Mr Dowarkasing added.

Greenpeace Africa has warned that “thousands” of animal species are “at risk of drowning in a sea of pollution, with dire consequences for Mauritius’s economy, food security and health”.

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionMore than 1,000 tonnes of oil has leaked into waters near Mauritius

Source link

Share this:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Sierra Leone women’s footballers welcome life-changing equal pay

Sierra Leone women’s national football team played their first competitive games for 10 years at the Wafu zone A tournament earlier this year Sierra Leone women’s international Rashidatu Kamara says she can now achieve her dream of getting a college degree following a pay boost. Kamara and her international team-mates will now be paid the […]

Africa: When South Africa Regained Its Pan-Africanism

Heading into the 2010 Fifa World Cup quarterfinals, South Africa was a nation clawing at its lost pan-African footing. But BaGhana BaGhana crafted Mzansi’s moment of redemption. It is near impossible to find a more fitting moment to grant pan-African meaning to the 2010 Fifa World Cup than the national zeitgeist ahead of the quarterfinal […]

Mozambique’s jihadists and the ‘curse’ of gas and rubies

image copyrightGetty Images Mozambican troops are failing to recapture a port town from Islamist militants which is important for developing one of the largest natural gas reserves in Africa, as the country – three years into an Islamist insurgency – becomes yet another “resource-curse” state, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon. President Filipe Nyusi is finally […]