December 4, about 2,500 seal bodies were washed up on the coast of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia.
Russian authorities said on the 4th that up to 2,500 seal bodies were found in and around Mahachkala, the capital of the Dagestan Republic of the North Caucasus, and several nearby coasts.
According to the report, on the 3rd, the authorities initially said that the bodies of as many as 700 seals had been found and released relevant videos and photos. The cause of death of these protected animals is still unclear.
They said that the investigation is still ongoing, and the number of seals killed may rise further.
According to TAS, the authorities said: “This is the largest number of deaths in Caspian seals in the past 10 years. We will conduct laboratory tests on the pathological materials of these seal carcasses and then determine their cause of death.
It is reported that Caspian seals are endangered species and key protected species.
According to animal rights defenders, the number of seals has decreased by about 90% in the past 100 years. Due to many reasons, such as oil extraction, the pollution situation in the Caspian Sea is becoming more and more serious.
According to experts, these seals died from spilled oil, poaching and overfishing.