MOSCOW, October 7 (RAPSI) – Investigation was launched into pollution of the Pacific Ocean’s Avacha Bay aquatorium in Russia’s Kamchatka Krai and death of marine animals, the press service of Russia’s Investigative Committee’s press service reports.

In late September, photos and videos picturing dead fishes and other thalassophiluses on the shore including seals, octopuses and sea stars, were published on social media. Local serfers complained of eye swelling and pain and skin irritation.

Initial water sample tests alongshore the Pacific Ocean’s Avacha Bay showed the fourfold above-limit value of the maximum allowable oil product concentration and phenol exceedance in two and a half times. However, the examination has not revealed air pollution, prosecutors stated earlier.

Investigators check possible pollution sources including nearest harsh chemical dumping landfills.

A case was opened over environmentally hazardous substance mishandling and marine pollution.