Dolphins burned from bomb or mine explosions. Several thousand suddenly found dead, some washed up on the coasts of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. The sudden and mysterious death of so many of the elegant marine mammals is raising alarm among some scientists that the war in Ukraine may be taking a growing toll on life in the Black Sea. The battles waged along Ukraine’s coastline have done untold environmental damage and have interfered with dolphins’ habitat, scientists say. But the war has made it impossible to gather detailed information, leaving the dolphin deaths a mystery for now.
Recent studies from Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine found that marine biodiversity was under growing threat because of the war, including from bombs dropping in coastal feeding areas, oil from sunken ships and river runoff polluted by chemicals used in ammunition.