More than 300 sea turtles found dead off coast of Mexico

More than 300 vulnerable turtles have been found dead, entangled in illegal fishing nets off the Mexican coast.

In a statement, Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) said that the decomposing olive ridley turtles were found in the ocean off the coast of Oaxaca. Responding to reports from local people, PROFEPA, working with the Mexican Navy, the Mexican Turtle Center, the Universidad del Mar, fishermen and officials from the Municipality of Santa María Colotepec, investigated the grisly remains.

Olive ridley turtles are classified as vulnerable by the World Wildlife Fund.


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