Why the Black Sea dolphins are dying – expert’s opinion

Mass mortality of cetaceans of the Black Sea this year may have been caused by unknown infection.

Dead dolphins on the seashore can be usually found on any coast, including the Black Sea. But this year someone can observe excessive mortality of dolphins in the Black Sea. This is not limited by Ukrainian waters, but water areas of Georgia, Russia and Romania as well.

Various assumptions are being made as to the reasons, including military exercises in the sea. Innovation House had a talk on this issue with Leading Researcher of I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the NAS of Ukraine, Pavel Gol’din, who holds the position of the Secretary of the Research Advisory Council for Marine Mammals Protection at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, and coordinates a project for the Initial Assessment of Cetacean Stocks in the Ukrainian Northwestern Part of the Black Sea.

According to Pavel Gol’din, it is likely that this year excessive mortality of cetaceans have been caused by infection. But its nature is unknown yet. To assess the extent and mortality factors of cetaceans, researchers ask citizens to report any findings of dead animals.