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300 dead turtles found on Mexican coast!

Mexican authorities said that fishermen there, in the southern state of Oaxaca, have discovered 300 dead sea turtles near the coastal town of Barra de Colotepec. The dead animals, belonging to an endangered species, were discovered on Tuesday entangled in a deadly trap of fishing nets. Images captured by Reuters cameramen showed dozens of dead
Published: August 29, 2018 - 19:43
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:10
300 dead turtles found on Mexican coast!

Mexican authorities said that fishermen there, in the southern state of Oaxaca, have discovered 300 dead sea turtles near the coastal town of Barra de Colotepec. The dead animals, belonging to an endangered species, were discovered on Tuesday entangled in a deadly trap of fishing nets.

Images captured by Reuters cameramen showed dozens of dead turtles, many of which had already begun to decompose. The animals were trapped in what looked like a fishing net. Worse still, they were olive ridley turtles, which are threatened with extinction.

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The animals of this species measure about 75 centimetres in length and weigh about 45 kilograms. From May to September, they appear in various Mexican states along the Pacific coast to lay their eggs in the sands of the beaches there.

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Mexico, home to six of the seven species of sea turtles that exist in the world, has a permanent programme to protect these animals. There are heavy penalties for those who hunt turtles. The office of the federal environmental attorney, PROFEPA, issued an official statement saying it would investigate the whole matter.

In early August, authorities said they were investigating the deaths of 113 endangered sea turtles – 102 olive ridley turtles, six hawksbill turtles and five green turtles. The dead animals were found at a sanctuary in the southern state of Chiapas.

Experts say suffocation, fish hooks or harmful algae may have killed the turtles, but the case is still under investigation, a PROFEPA statement read.

Source: reuters.com

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