It could take months or years to do a detailed probe into the facts surrounding the recent deaths of dolphins.
The Black Sea pollution caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could have long-term effects on the region’s ecosystems. Experts have already noted the enormous extinction of dolphins and some fish species in the sea.
According to Uur zsandkç, a marine life researcher at Sinop University in a Turkish city south of Crimea, more than 100 dolphins have washed up on the Turkish coast since February, a significant number compared to prior years.
Dolphins have also been seen acting strangely in other countries along the coast recently. Local marine biologists believe that noise pollution from warships in the north is a contributing factor.
According to him, the main cause of the catastrophic extinction of sea species is most likely noise pollution from northern warships.
According to Pavel Goldin, a marine researcher specializing in dolphins at the Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology in Ukraine, low-frequency sonar used by warships and submarines interferes directly with dolphins’ echolocation.
Due to their inability to navigate, dolphins are unable to find prey and may starve. They may also become disoriented and panic, swimming into rocks or into the beach. Some may swim into naval mines, causing them to explode, or they may be killed by live fire.
Because part of the coastline is unavailable to researchers due to the fighting, fully studying the origins and scope of the recent dolphin deaths could take months or years, according to Ozsandiqci.
According to scientists, this situation could lead to a biodiversity disaster in the region.
According to Goldin, noise pollution can disrupt many fish populations, causing them to move far away. The unexpected loss of dolphins, which are at the top of the Black Seafood chain, disturbs the local ecosystem. Their extinction might endanger entire subpopulations, and it could take years for their numbers to recover.
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