Oil Spill kills Dolphins

Oil Spill kills Dolphins

At least 14 dead dolphins have washed up on the coast of Mauritius after a Japanese ship spilled over a thousand tonnes of fuel last month.


The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef near the eastern coast of Mauritius on July 25.


Pounded by the surf for days, the ship’s hull cracked and on August 6 it began leaking fuel into the waters of the Mahebourg Lagoon, fouling a protected wetlands area, mangroves and a small island that was a bird and wildlife sanctuary.


The ship later broke in two and the bow, the smaller of the two pieces, was towed out to sea and sunk. The ship’s captain and first officer have been charged with ‘endangering safe navigation’ the DailyMail reports.


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