Mystery Surrounds Ecological Disaster in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, October 8, 2020 @ 07:00 AM (EST)
Source: Russia Beyond

After weeks of distressing images of dead marine animals washed up along the Pacific coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, environmentalists, locals and the authorities still can’t agree on what caused the ecological disaster. In addition to the mollusks, octopuses and even seals that have been found dead on Khalaktyr beach, local scientists diving the area have reported that the majority of bottom-dwelling organisms are dead.

In early September, reports noted the water turned a sickly yellow color, and as the first images of dead creatures began showing up on social media, a group of local surfers complained of nausea, retina burns, and swollen ligaments. The reports were initially dismissed by…

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