Almost 40 dead #dolphins have washed up this year along the coast of #Bulgaria

Black Sea dolphins die in Bulgaria, more dolphins

According to the regional inspectorates for environment and water resources (RIEW) in Burgas and Varna, dead dolphins are becoming less and less. Since the beginning of 2019, the total number of dead dolphins has been 38.

For comparison: during the same period, 41 dolphins died in 2015, in 2016 – 150, in 2017 – 81, and in 2018 – 74.

Three types of dolphins live in the Black Sea – the usual dolphin, mutkur and bottlenose dolphin. They are protected species in accordance with Bulgarian law prohibiting them from harassing, stalking, capturing and killing.

In recent years, the number of dolphins thrown during the summer months has increased significantly (with a peak in July 2016 and August 2015). This phenomenon – the so-called phenomenon of “unusual death event” is observed at the same time along the Turkish coast of the Black Sea and the Italian coast of the Ionian Sea.

In accordance with the Law on Biodiversity, after receiving a signal about a dead dolphin, RIEW experts conduct on-site inspections. On examination, obvious reasons for the death of a mammal and biometric data are accepted. When the probability of human intervention is established as the cause of death of a sample, the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs should be notified.

In other cases, the RIEW shall notify the relevant Black Sea municipality in whose territory the dead dolphin is located, of the adoption of measures in accordance with the issued permit.

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