Second Mass Death of Marine Animals Occurs Off of Russian Peninsula Close to Where 95% of Seabed Life Died Last Week

A mass death of marine animals has been discovered off the coast of a Russian peninsula just over a week after a similar finding in the area.

Scientists and others reported seeing dead animals along the seabed of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east, authorities said on Monday.

The discovery was made south of an October 5th find in which 95% of marine life died in an unexplained event.

Kamchatka regional governor Vladimir Solodov announced the second ‘extremely large’ mass death on Instagram on Monday, saying neighbouring beaches had not been affected, the Moscow Times reported.

Climate change ‘and other polluting effects as we humankind cause to the Pacific Ocean’ were ‘almost certainly linked’ to the deaths, Solodov said.

He added that he couldn’t say that a Soviet-era storage facility housing poisonous chemicals had been responsible for the deaths, as has been speculated since the first incident last week.

Earlier on Monday, Andrei Adrianov, vice president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the mass death was the result of toxins from microalgae, known as algal bloom.

Marine biologists have backed Adrianov’s theory, highlighting the presence of yellow foam – a phenomenon associated with algal blooms – which could be seen from space.

Soldov said he has requested a ‘comprehensive research project’ from the Russian government to explain the mass deaths.

‘We’ve encountered a new large-scale phenomenon that science has yet to comprehend,’ he said.

Alarm was raised last month when surfers and swimmers in the area began suffering eye pain and nausea after going in the water.

People have since been warned to stay away from black-sand Khalaktyrsky beach on Russia’s Pacific shoreline.

The October 5th discovery saw the sand littered with hundreds of dead sea animals such as Giant Pacific octopuses, seals, sea urchins, star fish, crabs, and fish.

Pictures and video showed the foaming yellow-tinged waves on the popular surfing beach close to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, capital of glacier-and-volcano Kamchatka region.

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Source: Daily Mail