Mauritius Stranding Accident Dolphin dead near heavy oil shoreline 5:24 on August 27
A Japanese company chartered a freighter aground off the coast of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, and several dolphins died near the coast where oil was found to drift, as the heavy oil spilled could impact the ecosystem. Found, the authorities are scrutinizing the relationship to the accident.
In Mauritius, the freighter “WASHASHIO” owned by Chosen Kisen in Okayama prefecture and chartered by Mitsui OSK Lines stranded on May 25, and a large amount of heavy fuel oil and the like subsequently spilled.
In the meantime, on the 26th, several dolphins were found to have been launched on the coast, about 10 kilometers north of the site.
According to local media sources, most of the dolphins were already dead or weak when they were found, and the Mauritius government has confirmed that 13 dolphins have died so far.
Heavy oil has been spotted near the shore where the dolphins were launched, so officials have decided to dissect the dead dolphins and carefully examine their relationship to the accident.
A large number of dolphins and whales inhabit the waters around Mauritius where heavy oil spilled, and oil drifting was also confirmed around the mangrove forests registered in the Ramsar Convention, which protects internationally valuable wetlands. Therefore, there is concern about the impact on the ecosystem.