No dead dolphins found in Black Sea: Russia

May 18th, 2011 - 11:20 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, May 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Reports by experts who said around 20-30 dead dolphins were found on the Black Sea coast were false, Russia’s environmental watchdog has said.

Reports said divers had found about 20 dead dolphins in the sea and on the shore close to the nature reserve of Bolshoi Utrish.

Mikhail Polyakov, head of the sea mammals lab of the Karadag nature reserve in Ukraine, also said that about 30 dead dolphins had been found on the shore. He said the animals must have got trapped in fishing nets.

“Reports about the mass death of dolphins have not been confirmed,” a spokesman for the federal environment service said.

He said the service had spoken to the diving club whose divers reportedly found the dead dolphins.

“They said their divers had found no dolphins. And the photos that have been circulated by some online media have different landscapes in the background,” the spokesman said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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