of marine species found dead along the Sri Lankan coast possibly due to
pollution caused by the oil tanker fire in the sri lankan east coast had jumped
to dozens, informed sources , adding that the country had never witnessed such
deaths before says the Sri Lankan media reports.
The majority of deaths those of turtle
majority of deaths witnessed were those of turtle species, an official of the
Department of Wildlife said. They had received information about marine deaths
and carcasses found in every nook and corner of the country’s coast.
were reports of Oil spill from the tanker MV Diamond that caught fire in the Sri
Lankan East Coast last month
turtle (Chelonia mydas), Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Olive
ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and
the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) are among the most sighted
species coming to local beaches and the death rate among the Olive Ridley
turtles alone is more than 12 which is an alarming trend, the official points
The Department of Wildlife waiting for a
report from the National Zoological Gardens to take action
Department of Wildlife is waiting for a report from the National Zoological
Gardens on the recent deaths to take action. According to Marine Environment
Protection Authority General Manager Dr. P. B. Terney Pradeep Kumara carcasses
of four marine mammals have been washed ashore in Arugambay. He said the
carcasses had been handed over to the Department of Wildlife for further
that from the results of the examination it could be determined whether the
marine mammals had died due to the oil leak from MT New Diamond tanker.