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World Turtle carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka after ship fire

11:15  22 june  2021
11:15  22 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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36 sea animal carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka . On Wednesday (16 Jun), 5 dolphins and 31 sea turtles washed ashore along the western coast of Sri Lanka , reports Yahoo News. A washed -up sea turtle carcass Source. Not far off in the waters was where Singapore’s MV X-Press Pearl – carrying tonnes of chemicals and plastic pellets – went up in flames. The cargo ship burned for 11 days before sinking, sparking concerns of oil and chemical spill. From as early as 31 May, reports have sighted deep-sea fish with burn injuries or plastic pellets on their gills turning up dead ashore .

5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka 's Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), on Monday said it had launched an investigation after at least 10 dead turtles were washed ashore on the beaches of capital Colombo over the weekend, local media reported here Monday. Concerns were raised after the carcasses of three He further said thousands of turtles swim ashore on Sri Lankan beaches to lay eggs during the nesting season and it was common to find a few dead turtles after they get entangled in fishing nets. However, he added that finding such a large number of carcasses will be investigated. Enditem.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank, raising fears of a severe marine disaster.

A Sri Lankan policeman looks at a dead turtle that washed ashore in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 10, 2021. Carcasses of nearly a hundred turtles believed to have been killed due to heat and chemical poisoning from a fire-ravaged ship that sank off while transporting chemicals have been washed to Sri Lanka’s ashore in recent weeks, raising fears of a severe marine disaster. (AP Photo/ Krishan Kariyawasam) © Provided by Associated Press A Sri Lankan policeman looks at a dead turtle that washed ashore in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 10, 2021. Carcasses of nearly a hundred turtles believed to have been killed due to heat and chemical poisoning from a fire-ravaged ship that sank off while transporting chemicals have been washed to Sri Lanka’s ashore in recent weeks, raising fears of a severe marine disaster. (AP Photo/ Krishan Kariyawasam)

Ecologists believe the deaths were directly caused by the fire and release of hazardous chemicals while the Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl burned for 12 days and sank last week off Sri Lanka’s main port in the capital Colombo. Government officials, however, said these causes were “provisionally” confirmed and the investigation was continuing.

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Sri Lanka 's Marine Environment Protection Authority has said the burning of the vessel caused a massive environmental disaster as many beaches were damaged by the debris washing ashore . Sri Lankan government officials have said that bodies of more than 10 turtles , a dolphin, fish and birds have washed up on the country`s beaches after the burning of the X-Press Pearl container ship . In a statement on Sunday, the Department of Wildlife Conservation officials said an investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of death of these marine species, reports Xinhua news agency.

Colombo: Conservation experts in Sri Lanka have been left puzzled by a recent spate of marine turtle fatalities, where the animals’ bodies have washed ashore without any indications of the typical causes of death. Three carcasses were found Oct. 3 on Mount Lavinia Beach in the commercial capital, Colombo; the next day, two dead turtles A Sri Lankan Navy boat sprays water on the New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), that was carrying the equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil, after a fire broke out off the east coast of Sri Lanka , September 5, 2020.

A stray dog stands amid the waves as decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) © Provided by Associated Press A stray dog stands amid the waves as decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The fire started on the ship on May 20 and dead marine species started washing ashore days later.

A ship manifest seen by The Associated Press said 81 of the ship's nearly 1,500 containers held “dangerous” goods.

The Sri Lankan navy believes the blaze was caused by its chemical cargo, most of which was destroyed in the fire. But debris including burned fiberglass and tons of plastic pellets have severely polluted the surrounding waters and a long stretch of the island nation’s famed beaches.

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Colombo, June 7: Sri Lankan government officials say more than 10 turtle , dolphin, fish and bird carcasses were launched on the country’s coast after the X-Press Pearl container ship was burned down. The Sri Lanka Department of Marine Environmental Protection states that the incineration of ships caused a major environmental disaster as many beaches were damaged by the debris that was washed ashore . The government said many marine life had died as a result of the pollution caused by the fire , while the Fisheries Department temporarily banned fishing from the south to the west coast.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court granted bail to the captain of a fire -ravaged container ship on Monday, hours after he was arrested by police, officials said. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said investigators arrested the captain of the MV X-Press Pearl, which is sinking off the The Sri Lankan navy believes the blaze was caused by the vessel’s cargo, which included 25 tons of nitric acid and other chemicals, most of which was destroyed in the fire . Authorities extinguished the fire last week, but the ship then began sinking and attempts to tow it into deeper waters failed when the

Sri Lankan wild life workers remove decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) © Provided by Associated Press Sri Lankan wild life workers remove decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Post-mortem analysis on the carcasses are being performed at five government-run laboratories and separately by the Government Analysts Department, said an official of the wildlife department who spoke on condition of anonymity as the official was not authorized to speak to the media.

Sri Lankan wild life workers prepare to remove decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) © Provided by Associated Press Sri Lankan wild life workers prepare to remove decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

“Provisionally, we can say that these deaths were caused by two methods — one is due to burns from the heat and secondly due to chemicals. These are obvious,” said Anil Jasinghe, secretary of the environment ministry.

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SRIKAKULAM: Thousands of carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles washed ashore from Ranasthalam to Ichapuram in Srikakulam district.Fishermen said they have seen innumerable carcasses in seashore villages of Gunupalli, Akkupalli, Dokulapadu, Manchineellapeta and Devunaltada in Vajrapu Kothuru mandal in the district in the last two days. Srikakulam district fisheries joint director MA Yukub Basha said the turtles had died after they were accidentally trapped by trawlers. “This is the breeding season and the turtles come to the shore to lay eggs.

The fire -ravaged ship was transporting 1,486 containers, including 25 tons of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics. As the fire was being extinguished, flaming containers laden with chemicals fell from the deck or broke open on it, spilling their cargo into the sea. Television channels in Sri Lanka have been showing dead fish, turtles and other marine life that has washed ashore in recent days. While dealing with the plastic pellets has been challenging enough, de Vos said, an oil spill would add another layer of complexity. "Imagine this black oil washing up on these beaches, where

He refrained from giving an exact cause, saying “post-mortem analysis are still being conducted.”

Thushan Kapurusinghe of the Turtle Conservation Project blamed the fire and chemicals the ship carried for killing the turtles.

With over three decades experience on turtle conservation, Kapurusinghe said the dead turtles had oral, cloacal and throat bleeding and "specific parts of their carapace have burns and erosion signs.”

The sea off Sri Lanka and its coastline are home to five species of turtles that regularly come to lay eggs. March to June is the peak season for turtle arrivals.

Lalith Ekanayake, a marine and coastal ecologist, suspects, based on the nature of the fire and amount of chemicals, that “at least 400 turtles may have died and their carcasses may have sunk in the sea or drifted to the deep sea.”

Sri Lankan wild life workers prepare to remove decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) © Provided by Associated Press Sri Lankan wild life workers prepare to remove decomposed remains of a turtle lies on a beach polluted following the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off Kapungoda, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 21, 2021. X-Press Pearl, a Singapore-flagged ship sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka plans to claim compensation from X-Press Feeders, the ship's owner, and already have submitted an interim claim of $40 million.

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