At least 14 dead dolphins, according to media reports, were found dead and washed up on the shores of Mahebourg on Wednesday. The tragic scenes come one month after a Japanese-owned ship sunk close by, leading to an oil spill.
The MV Wakashio sunk on July 25th at Pointe d'Esny, less than 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Mahebourg.
Environmental campaigners blame the spill for the deaths, with some officials being quoted by media as saying that the deaths might not be connected to the spill. The dolphins are currently being inspected in a post-mortem.
Wednesday's casualties are the first reported deaths of dolphins since the MV Wakashio ran aground. There have already been reports of dead wildlife since the incident, as many fish and crabs found dead and washed ashore.