Thousands of dolphins are diying in the Black Sea

A high number of dolphins have been dying in the Black Sea. Scientists blame the Ukraine war for it.

Thousands of dead dolphins are washing up on the coastline of the Black Sea (which borders Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Romania, and Moldova), showing war-related injuries, including burn marks from bombs. 

Researchers believe heightened noise pollution in the northern Black Sea, caused by about 20 Russian navy vessels and ongoing military activities, may have been driving cetaceans south to Turkish and Bulgarian shores, where they are being stranded or caught in fishing nets in unusually high numbers.

The battles waged along Ukraine’s coastline have done untold environmental damage and have interfered with dolphins’ habitat, scientists say.