of 10 dolphins under investigation
28 May 2003
By Associated Press
CONSTANTA, Romania — Romanian authorities are investigating the
mysterious death of 10
dolphins that washed up on the shores near a Danube Delta village,
a government official
The government-appointed head of the delta, Virgil Munteanu, said
the dolphins, which are a
protected species, were found May 20 on a beach about 35
kilometers (22 miles) south of
the village of Sfantu Gheorghe. The area is located at the mouth
of the Danube River, which
flows into the Black Sea.
Munteanu said it wasn't clear what had killed the dolphins, but
autopsies were planned.
Lucian Ionescu, the director of Mare Nostrum, one of Romania's
environmental groups, suspected the dolphins died as a result of
that took place in the area until a month ago. The exercises were
carried out by the Romanian
army and involved live ammunition. They were suspended following
protests by ecologists.
There are only 2,000 dolphins in the Black Sea, down from 1
the 1940s, according to international environment statistics.
Last year, Turkish fishers were convicted and fined after
found two dozen dolphins tangled in their nets.
Source: Associated Press