An ecological catastrophe has been announced in the eastern Kamchatka region of Russia after a large number of dead marine animals — including seals, octopi, starfish, and urchins — washed ashore.
The region spans almost 25 miles and is one of its main tourist attractions — known for its volcanic black sand and pristine beaches.
It’s also one of the best surfing beaches in all of Russia.
In the past weeks, local surfers reported health problems, including chemical burns to their eyes, sore throats, swollen ligaments, fever, abdominal pains, vomiting, and breathing problems.
Seals were observed acting unusually before washing ashore.
Even bottom-living species are dying in mass numbers — so it shows that the water poisoning has reached the whole depth of the ocean.
Greenpeace recently provided satellite images of the river that flows into the area.
Take a look at these terrible pictures …
A foul smell has formed and an excessive amount of phenol and oil products has been detected along the coastline … but the source is still unknown.
Thankfully, the government seems to be taking things seriously and have announced it as a major concern.
A Russian investigative committee has formed and tests are being done on samples of seawater, air, and sand. Preliminary results are expected today.
At Karmagawa and SaveTheReef, we’re always heartbroken to hear of beautiful areas on our planet being polluted and destroyed — especially when animals are hurt.
This is why we need to take our environment seriously and treat the planet better.
Real change will require the involvement of many people, including the government. We’re praying for a quick solution so that people and animals can thrive in this area again.
Have them watch this powerful video …
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