Massive deaths of marine life of the Russian Pacific Coast have left many scientists baffled. The mass deaths have left many Russian scientists without any explanation. Although they have ruled out that the deaths could be human-induced, they are yet to offer an explanation for the happenings. At the beginning of October, thousands of sea creatures were spotted on the Russian coast, after they had been pushed on the shoreline by waves.
Among the dead sea creatures include octopuses, crabs, sea urchins among others. The creatures were found on the Khalaktyrsky beach, which is a popular surfing destination. This week, the Russian environmental officials revealed that the water in the water near the deaths has excess amounts of phosphate ion, iron, and phenol. Although the water was found to contain excessive pollution, the cause of the deaths is still a puzzle to scientists.
At the same time, the environmental officials in Rusia are still trying to ascertain the full extent of the damage. There are fears that more dead fish and other creatures could be found in other localities. According to Greenpeace’s Elena Sakirko, there have been signs of damage further north. Speaking to ABC News, she revealed that some dead sea creatures have been spotted in other localities apart from the reported ones.
The most affected area is the Avacha Bay to the south and Cape Nalychev to the north. This means that an area of about 40km might have been affected. Scientists who examined the waters of the bay say that about 95% of sea creatures to the depth of 15 meters are dead. However, most scientists seem to insinuate that the deaths might be caused by a natural occurrence and not man-made.
Various theories have been raised to try and explain the deaths. Some experts suggest that the sea creatures may have died due to poisonous blooming algae while others suggest that the event might have been caused by seismic activity. It is common for seismic activities to cause deaths of sea creatures in the region in question since it is a volcanically active region.
Elena Sakirko says that it is too early to rule out the possibility of anthropogenic causes.
“For now, none of the theories has been confirmed,” Sakirko told ABC News.
For now, we have to wait as more studies are carried out to determine the exact cause of the deaths.