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August 29, 2020 - NBC News

Dead whales wash ashore as Mauritius faces oil spill aftermath

Dead whales wash ashore as Mauritius faces oil spill aftermath
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"They used to frolic next to my boat," said fisherman Yannick Fine. "Now they are dead."

FLOREAL, Mauritius — The bodies of whales, turtles and other sea creatures have washed up on the shores of Mauritius, five weeks after a ship carrying thousands of tons of oil ran aground off the Indian Ocean Island.

Fishermen told NBC News they had found melon-headed whales near the spot where the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio crashed into the Point D-Esny reef off the tiny nation’s southeast coast July 25. The vessel began spilling oil on Aug. 6 and broke into two parts 11 days later. It was deliberately sunk Monday.

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