Cape Times

Sea animals killed by ship’s chemical cargo


COLOMBO: Marine creatures including sea turtles that were washed ashore along the Sri Lankan coastal line over recent days died over a chemical leak from the X-Press Pearl vessel, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Wildlife and Forest Conservati­on CB Rathnayake said yesterday.

Rathnayake said investigat­ions would continue to determine the exact cause of deaths.

“A large number of sea creatures in the ocean have died as a result of the fire aboard the X-Press Pearl vessel that was transporti­ng chemicals. Investigat­ions were conducted to determine the cause of death and clear signs of acid burns were visible on the dead sea turtles,” Rathnayake said.

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