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Over 10 turtles, dolphin, seabirds, several fish found dead after MV X-Press Pearl disaster

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After the burning of the MV X-Press Pearl in Sri Lankan waters, more than ten turtles a dolphin, seabirds, several fish have been washed ashore dead, so far, wildlife sources said.

They said the investigations to ascertain the cause of sudden death of these marine creatures are underway.

The marine creatures were found from the beach areas of Puttalam to Mirissa coastal areas. 

Under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance, all sea turtles and their products like their shells and eggs are fully protected. Therefore, their carcases were sent to the Government Analyst to conduct further investigations after a court order.

Those turtles were found washed ashore in Uswetakeiyawa, Panadura, Unawatuna, Wellawatte, Moratuwa and Induruwa beaches. Two turtles found with injuries were found from Unawatuna beach, they said. 

Most of the turtles that were found dead on the beaches off Panadura and Wellawatte had their carapaces broken. One dead turtle at the Unawatuna beach was found with injures.

The turtles found with broken carapaces cannot be concluded that it was due to the fire of the ship.

Moreover, a dead dolphin was found washed ashore to the Kosgoda beach this morning along with another five dead turtles were found from the Payagala and Panadura coastal areas as well today.

Also said that several fish species and sea birds were found washed ashore after the MV X-Press Pearl disaster.

However, the relevant authorities such as the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA),  National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and the Department of Wildlife Conservation are conducting investigations into this, the official added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Sea Lion Sunday, 06 June 2021 03:35 PM

    Don't worry waiting for the compensation.

    Lion Sunday, 06 June 2021 06:08 PM

    Our country is getting worse by the day and it appears to be a curse due the bad governance of our rulers.

    Kasparov Sunday, 06 June 2021 09:15 PM

    Nature will have it's due very soon and the Sri Lankan people will suffer.

    G b Sunday, 06 June 2021 10:36 PM

    Is this sri lankas way of getting foreign currency? Our country is going to shit, our one best resource is our environment and we are building tyre manufacturing plants meat processing plants, allowing foreign nations to manufacture chemicals in our country, this gov only cares about money, not for all but select few

    Sri lankan Sunday, 06 June 2021 10:41 PM

    Wish the dirty politicians died instead of these innocent creatures.

    GGT Sunday, 06 June 2021 11:54 PM

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