The Danube Delta is a land in continuous formation. With the Danube bringing fresh sediments all the time, is continues to expand and change its shape with the passing of time. According to Herodot, over two millennia ago, the Danube reached the sea with seven distinct branches. These days, there are only three.
As a proof that the delta keeps growing, 8 years ago we’ve witnessed the birth of a new island in the Musura gulf, right below the Chilia Branch.
Recently, museums and other organizations have shown a great deal of concern for the Musura Isle and they’re been attempting to protect it and the pelicans, sea gulls and cormorants colonies that have populated it by turning the zone into a natural strictly protected area, part of Romania-Ukraine Danube Delta Cross-border Reserve.
Being a border area, from a legal standpoint, it has to be governed by international law, meaning that a joint program has to be agreed by both Romania and Ukraine.
With that said, I can’t get to get there. Maybe this year! 😀