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October 11, 2020 - CBS News

Russian surfers say mystery ocean pollution is poisoning them and killing animals

Russian surfers say mystery ocean pollution is poisoning them and killing animals
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Surfers in Russia's far eastern region of Kamchatka have reported ocean water pollution so bad that it's poisoning them, and may behind a mysterious mass die-off of sea life along the peninsula's Pacific coast.

Pictures and videos circulating widely on social media show thousands of dead animals washed up on the region's beaches in recent days, including octopuses, sea stars, fish and shellfish. Kamchatka is extremely remote but is famous for its pristine nature reserves and volcanoes.

Yekaterina Dyba, a geographer who runs the Snowave Kamchatka surfing school, first raised the alarm on social media about a week ago, saying surfers were complaining of poisoning-like symptoms after exposure to the water.

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