Burnt-out container ship damaging marine life in Sri Lanka: Turtles, Dolphins washed ashore

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Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation says carcasses of five dolphins and thirty one sea turtles wash up ashore along the western coast of Sri Lanka. The incidents are reported after the burning of X-Press Pearl cargo ship in the seas about 9.5 nautical miles northwest of the Colombo Harbor.

Several informations coming in from Sri Lanka says that the ship fire made severe impacts on the marine life. These impacts are questioning the livelihood of fishing community. 

The carcasses were found along the coasts up to Colombo and Kosgoda, said the Director General of the Wildlife Department Chandana Sooriyabandara.

He said further investigations have been referred to the Government Analyst as per the requirement of tissue sections of the dead turtles, as Colombo Page reported. 

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