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Dead dolphins washed up on Mauritius beach near oil spill site

Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 18:35:41-04

GRAND SABLE, Mauritius — Seventeen dead dolphins washed up on Mauritius's shore on Wednesday, a month after an oil spill from a Japanese ship that ran aground caused a major ecological disaster in the area.

The dead dolphins have been taken to the Albion Fisheries Research Center for an autopsy. Results are expected on Wednesday night.

The spill came from the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio, which ran aground on July 25 and began to spill oil about a week later.

The ship was scuttled Monday.

The full impact of the spill is still unfolding, scientists say, and the damage could impact Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades.