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Mass death of petrels happened off the coast of Kamchatka

Mass death of petrels happened off the coast of Kamchatka
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In the Ust-Kamchatka region on the coast, there was a massive death of birds of the petrel family. The authorities said it was not related to infectious diseases.

According to the press service of the government of Kamchatka, specialists from the Ust-Kamchatsk veterinary station have already traveled to the site of the mass death. According to the head of the veterinary agency Artyom Nikitin, 43 dead birds of the petrel family were found on the ten-kilometer coastal zone.

Veterinarians took samples from them for research, but laboratory tests showed no infections or other dangerous diseases. Now the samples were sent for toxicological studies, but Nikitin excludes exposure to hazardous substances as the cause of the death of birds, since no other dead animals were found on the coast.

The likely reason, in his opinion, is natural factors. Petrels gather in flocks of several thousand individuals. After that, birds often die due to storms or after falling into fishing nets. However, the veterinary agency will find out the exact reason later.

An environmental monitoring system will soon start operating in Kamchatka. Every citizen will be able to send a message about an unfavorable situation and attach a photo there. This will allow you to respond more quickly to incidents.

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