Sri Lankan ship mixed 'poison' in the sea, so far 100 turtles, a dozen dolphins and blue whales have died
The 'poison' has dissolved in the water after the cargo ship sank in the sea area of Sri Lanka. Because of this, the life of sea creatures has come to an end. So far more than 100 turtles, a dozen dolphins and a blue whale have been found dead on the beach. After the sinking of this ship, there has been a possibility of death of many sea creatures.
Ecologists believe that the death of aquatic organisms is directly related to the fire in the ship and the release of dangerous chemicals from it. The Singapore-flagged Express Pearl ship caught fire for 12 days. It sank last week near Colombo's main port. However, government officials said that these reasons related to the aquatic life have been tentatively confirmed and a thorough investigation is yet to be done.
Life in trouble due to chemicals
There was a fire on the ship on 20 May. After a few days, dead aquatic creatures started coming to the seashore. Tushan Kapurusinghe of the Turtle Conservation Project has also attributed the death of the turtles to the onboard fire and the release of chemicals. There are five species of turtles found in the sea area of Sri Lanka, which often come close to the coast to hatch. Turtles come in large numbers between March and June.
According to information received by news agency AP, out of 1500 containers on this ship, at least 81 had 'dangerous' goods. The Sri Lankan Navy believes that the ship caught fire due to chemical cargo. Most of the chemicals were destroyed due to the fire, but its waste, including fiberglass and many tons of plastic, caused a lot of pollution in the ocean. Its effect on the country's popular beach will be visible for a long time.
Dangerous chemicals killed with heat
Environment Ministry Secretary Anil Jaisinghe says that there can be two reasons behind these deaths. Burning first due to heat and second due to chemical. The postmortem report is yet to come and we cannot give a clear reason as of now. Experts believe that at least 400 dead turtles have been found on the beach so far.