"The fact that the mass beaching of whales occurred on coasts which are... near the epicenter of the quake in Türkiye cannot be coincidence. It seems that their deaths may be connected to the effects of the quake," he said.
Some of the whales found on Friday could be the same ones that were pushed back into the sea the previous day. Experts are now examining the carcasses of the whales to establish whether they died from the effects of the quake on the ecosystem in the region, Ioannou said.
Other possible causes for their deaths could be naval exercises, or seismic operations for the discovery of hydrocarbons. However, no such activities have been reported in the region.