Dolphins continue to die in the Black Sea due to hostilities
Dolphins continue to die in the Black Sea due to hostilities, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine reported. On July 29, 2022, 2 dead dolphins (a common white-sided dolphin and a harbor porpoise) were found on the coast of the Tuzly Estuaries National Nature Park. Another dead white-sided dolphin was washed up on the beach in Odesa. Since the beginning of the war, 32 dead dolphins have already been found in the area of the Tuzly Estuaries National Nature Park.
Dead dolphins on the shores of the Black Sea are mainly found in its western part — in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. Porpoises and common white-sided dolphins are usually found dead. An unusually large number of cases have been observed since February 2022. There are several hundred cases confirmed by photos and videos. As of today, more than 100 cases are recorded in Ukraine — mainly in Crimea and the south of Odesa region. The total number of dolphins’ deaths is still unclear, as data collection continues.