More Than 300 Endangered Sea Turtles Trapped in Fishing Net and Died off the Mexican Coast (Devastating Photos + Video)

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Authorities in Mexico reported about more than 300 endangered sea turtles found dead off the southern coast of Mexico on Tuesday. 

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Source: AP

Massive turtles death

Several fishermen in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico discovered nearly three hundred of turtles in the seaside community of Barra de Colotepec, said Heliodoro Diaz, the coordinator of the state’s civil protection agency.

Heartbreaking images showed dozens of dead turtles, many beginning to decompose, caught in what appeared to be a net. They had been dead for about eight days when local residents reported them.

The turtles had been trapped in a 393-foot (120-meter) long net that is not approved for fishing.

‘Believe me, it’s an unbearable smell,’ said one man recording the grisly scene. ‘As human beings, the question we ask ourselves today is how far have we come?’

The turtles were buried on the beach.

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Source: AP

The olive ridley turtles, which Mexican authorities say are at risk of extinction, measure about 75 centimeters (29.5 inches) in length and weigh some 45 kilograms (99 pounds). From May to September, they descend on various Mexican states along the Pacific Ocean to lay their eggs.

Mexico, which is home to six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles, has a permanent program to protect the reptiles, including criminal penalties for those who kill them. The incident will be further investigated by the  office of the federal attorney for environmental protection (PROFEPA) said it would investigate the case.

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Source: AP

Earlier this month, authorities said they were investigating the deaths of 113 sea turtles at risk of extinction – 102 olive ridley turtles, six hawksbill, and five belonging to the green turtle species – in a sanctuary in the southern state of Chiapas.


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More Than 300 Endangered Sea Turtles Trapped in Fishing Net and Died off the Mexican Coast (Devastating Photos)
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