ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka authorities have counted 176 dead turtles, 20 dolphins and 4 grown whales and a fetus had washed ashore in the island’s Western coast after X-Press Pearl a ship loaded with a number of chemical caught fire and sank off Colombo Port.
Sri Lanka’s Attorney General’s office told a court in Colombo that experts believe the animals were affected by chemicals from the sunken vessel.
In the early days of the fire, turtles and other animals with burn injuries also washed ashore.
A week earlier, on June 22, the Wild Life Department data showed 107 dead turtles of which 57 were Olive Ridley species, 19 were Green Turtles, 02 Hawksbill, one Leatherback and others were un-identified at the time.
At least three eels had washed ashore.
Television reports showed a large whale shark also washing up dead in the Eastern coast, though its not clear whether the incident is linked to the ship.