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300 endangered turtles found dead on Mexico beach

Mexico banned the capture of sea turtles in 1990, but there is still a lucrative black market for their eggs.

world Updated: Aug 30, 2018 12:19 IST
AFP
AFP
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Handout picture relased on August 29, 2018 by Oaxaca's Civil Protection office showing dead sea turtles near Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca State(AFP Photo)

More than 300 sea turtles from an endangered species were found dead on a beach in southern Mexico, trapped in a banned type of fishing net, environmental authorities said.

In Mexico’s second mass turtle death in as many weeks, the Pacific Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) were found floating just off the beach of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca, their shells forming a bleak mini-island.

“They had drowned at sea about eight days earlier, trapped in banned 120-metre fishing nets and six-inch nylon fishing line,” Mexico’s prosecution unit for environmental crimes said.

On August 17, authorities said they had found 122 sea turtles dead on a beach in the neighbouring state of Chiapas, mostly from the same species.

In that case, some of the turtles had wounds to the head or shell.

Mexico banned the capture of sea turtles in 1990, but there is still a lucrative black market for their eggs.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 08:22 IST