A spokeswoman for the local Mauritian environmental organisation Eco-Sud called for autopsy reports to be made public.
17 dead dolphins are washed up on Mauritius Beach near the oil spill site – Insiderfolks, Seventeen dead dolphins were washed up on the shores of Mauritius on Wednesday, a government official told Reuters, a month after the oil spill from a Japanese ship that had landed caused a major ecological catastrophe in the region.
“The dead dolphins had a few cuts and blood around their mouths, but no sign of oil. Those who survived, about ten, looked very weak and could scarcely swim,” said Jasvin Sok Appadu from the Ministry of Fisheries.
Dead dolphins were taken to the Albion Fisheries Research Center for autopsy, Appadu said. The findings are scheduled for Wednesday night.
A spokeswoman for the local Mauritian environmental organisation Eco-Sud called for the findings of the autopsy to be released publicly and said the organisation wished to be present at the autopsy “to help understand why the dolphins died,” but was still waiting for the authorities to respond.
The leak resulted from the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio, which went aground on July 25 and started leaking oil about a week later. It was scuttled on Monday.
The full extent of the spill is still ongoing, according to scientists, and the destruction may have had an extent on Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades.
Wildlife at risk includes the critically endangered Pink Pigeon, native to the island, seagrasses, clownfish and mangrove trees, whose origins act as fish nurseries.
The Mauritius Marine Conservation Society estimated that 15 kilometres of coastline has been damaged by the spill which is headed into the Blue Bay Marine Park, home to 38 forms of coral which 78 species of fish.
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