Scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of Moscow State University found decay products of rocket fuel - heptyl - in water samples from Avacha Bay. Ecologist Georgy Kavanosyan announced this to the YouTube channel "Edition".
“Due to the fact that we found these two decomposition products by two different methods, we make an almost one hundred percent statement that the initial substance that was in the water is heptyl,” Kavanosyan said.
An employee of the university believes that the chemicals could have appeared in the sea only by man-made means. The specialist suggests that heptyl could get into the ocean water through underground streams from the Radygino military training ground and trigger the “red tide” mechanism.
According to Stepan Kalmykov, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry of Moscow State University, the decay products were found using high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, and only in one sample out of twenty.
Earlier, the Ministry of Nature of the Russian Federation and the TFR stated that the death of sea animals and the poor health of surfers who were resting in the bay were caused by natural pollution, "including as a result of phytoplankton blooms."
"The revealed excess of the concentration of petroleum hydrocarbons and phenol in seawater is not critical and has been observed in the water area of the Avacha Bay since 1970," the investigation said.