Local residents of the Russian Far East noticed dozens of dead marine animals washing up on a beach in the Pacific Ocean. Environmentalists are concerned about marine life, as testing of water samples taken from Khalaktyrsky Beach in Russia’s Kamchatka region found that oil levels were four times higher and phenol levels were also 2.5 times higher than usual.
An environmental non-governmental organization, Greenpeace, which called the incident an “ecological disaster” said in a statement that “the extent of the contamination has not yet been determined, but the fact that dead animals have been found all along the coast confirms the gravity of the situation. “
Marine species at risk
Over the weekend, images shared on social media showed dead octopuses, sea urchins, crabs, large fish and other marine life that had washed up on the beach in the Russian Far East. But for now, the cause of this disaster is still unknown.
There are no official reports of industrial accidents or oil spills in this region. However, understanding the threat to marine life, environmentalists are now calling for an investigation to determine the reason for the marine disaster and the extent of the contamination of the oceans.
However, as reported by TASS, a Russian news agency, an anonymous source claimed that there had been an alleged leak on a commercial tanker and that this was likely the reason for the contamination. But environmental experts have questioned the idea of an oil spill over concerns there is a possibility of pesticide contamination, caused by a top-secret factory nearby.
Minimize the incident
Local authorities tried to hide the true facts of the incident and released videos featuring a clean beach while stating that “the color of the water is normal, the smell of the air is normal, the beach is completely clean “. But popular blogger Yuri Dud shared a recent video from a Kamchatka resident showing an oil spill in the Pacific Ocean and large numbers of dead marine animals on the shore.
Kamchatka Governor Vladimir Solodov told media on Sunday (September 4) that authorities were launching an investigation into the contamination of the oceans in which they would take more samples from the beach, animals and ocean water. for testing. He also warned that people from the local authority would be sacked if they were found to be involved in a cover-up and downplaying the situation.
Irina Yarovaya, vice president of Russian State Dum, claimed that local authorities had taken no action to prevent environmental damage and also raised questions about the methods used to collect the samples.
According to local residents, they noticed the problem almost three weeks ago after swimmers and surfers entered the water and suddenly started to feel sick. One of the surfers also reported that he had blurred vision, dry sore eyes and a sore throat after coming into contact with water in that area. While explaining the current situation, he said it had worsened. In an Instagram post, he wrote: “The water doesn’t smell like the ocean, it’s sticky, bitter and dirty. The fish are dead on the shore.”
Environmental problems in Russia
Environmental issues have become more prevalent in Russia in recent years, and a number of environmental activists have spoken out against issues such as landfills and waste disposal.
Even environmentalists have expressed concerns about the Russian nuclear submarine, K-159, which sank in the Barents Sea in 2003 with 800 kilograms of uranium. The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority has said it needs to be continuously monitored because the place where it is now is important habitat for haddock, red king crab, polar bears, walruses, whales and many other animals.
Understanding the risk factors associated with keeping such vulnerable wrecks underwater for such a long time, which can pose a huge threat to marine life and the ecosystem, the Russian state atomic energy company has elaborated a plan to remove the most dangerous radioactive elements from the country’s arctic seabed.