Ukraine Monday, 31 August 2009
Dolphins die Scientists are sounding the alarm: in the Black Sea killing dolphins! Experts say the blame for the terrible virus. Salvation from him yet invented. This year, the bank jumped 23 dolphin. 13 of them - in July.
Similar cases were recorded and the Black Sea coast of Turkey. Dolphins lose their orientation and coordination of movements, showered on its side and dumped on dry land.
«It seems that this morbillivirusnaya infection. To dolphins, it is in mortal danger. The main manifestations of the disease - encephalitis, pneumonia and secondary immunodeficiency. Cases of transmission of this terrible disease to people not yet known. Since animals are specialists, and no one caught », - told« BLIC »Chairman of the Board of the Black Sea Marine Mammal Alex Birkun.
First outbreak of the disease was registered in the Black Sea in 1994. Then it confirmed in laboratories in Canada and Germany. «Three years ago a wave of disease re-started in the Mediterranean Sea. It seems that now she has reached the Black Sea », - said Birkun.
Unfortunately, to help these beautiful animals, no one can. «The disease was registered only twenty years ago. Methods of treatment have not been developed by scientists », - the specialist said. All that can be done by rescuers - to stab a dolphin with vitamins, antibiotics, sedatives. But these methods only for the time alleviate the suffering and will delay their demise.
One of the causes of this dreadful disease - ecological condition of the Black Sea. «Outbreaks occur during the hot summer. Development of the disease contributes to the accumulation in the body of toxic substances that weaken the immune system of the animal. Moreover, these substances are transferred and the baby with mother's milk », - said Birkun.