17 dolphins found stranded on shores of Mauritius
Over the last few days, at least 17 dolphins have been found stranded on the shores of Mauritius, raising concerns as to whether these may be related to a recent oil spill from Wakashio bulker.
Environmental organization Greenpeace said that at least four dead and four sick dolphins were discovered stranded on the shores on Wednesday morning, calling for an immediate investigation to ascertain the cause of the strandings.
Greenpeace has demanded on the owner of Nagashiki Shipping and its charterer MOL to completely pay for the current and potential losses arising from the spill and to initiate a fully public, independent inquiry into the causes and effects of the tragedy for both citizens and the environment.
“This is a deeply sad and alarming day for the people of Mauritius and for its singular biodiversity, itself known and appreciated by the worldwide biodiversity community. Greenpeace appeals to the authorities to carry out a swift, transparent and public autopsy on the bodies collected,” Happy Khambule, Greenpeace Africa Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, stated.
The environmental group said that the long-term impacts of the oil spill have yet to be determined, but it is predicted that it will likely affect tortoises, seabirds and most of the marine life in the region.
Wakashio's bow was sent to its final resting position on Sunday, August 24, in the waters of Mauritius. The aft section has yet to be removed and the country has opened an international request to tender (ITT) for the removal of the aft section of the crash.
About 1,000 tons of oil is believed to have spilled from the wreck, which is considered to be the worst oil spill in the history of Mauritius.
Wakashio went to the ground off Mauritius on July 25. The bunker oil leaked out of the vessel on 6 August, and the vessel broke apart on 15 August.
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