Baffled tourists believe that a dead dolphin found floating near the Ukrainian coast could have been killed by pollution from Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
Disturbing footage emerged from Romania’s Black Sea coastline showing holidaymakers apparently oblivious to the dolphin’s corpse.
The clip was filmed in Mamaia by beachgoer Monalisa Banu, who posted it to TikTok on Sunday, 26th June.
The video had racked up 37,600 views at the time of writing.
The 21-year-old from Buzau told Newsflash in an exclusive interview that she had filmed the video earlier that day.
Of the dolphin’s death, she said: “Probably pollution is the main cause, although the water was very clear and clean.”
Monalisa added: “I am not in a position to say whether the war is to blame or not, but I think that the tourists were not so calm if it was a possible water pollution due to the Russian fleet.” (sic)
Shockingly, some tourists apparently mistook the dolphin’s body for an inflatable lilo.
Monalisa told Newsflash: “They weren’t scared, they were curious about what it might be because we had to get close enough to figure out what it was.
“At first, I thought it was inflatable.”
As for its fate, Monalisa said: “They took the dolphin out of the water, I guess the lifeguards did that, I haven’t seen dolphins there and I’ve been frequenting that beach for many years.”
Romania shares both a land and a maritime border with Ukraine, which Russia invaded on 24th February.
War is still raging in the country, mainly on land, although incidents have taken place in the Black Sea.
Local media reported that the images came to the attention of the Romanian Ministry of Environment. It was not stated if the ministry is investigating.
Local media added that several dolphins have been found injured or dead on the Romanian and Bulgarian coasts recently.