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Large number of baby turtles being found deceased

Cancun, Q.R. — Sea turtle arrival and nesting season in the Mexican Caribbean, which began at the end of April, has already registered 16 mangrove swarms, said Gisela Maldonado Saldaña, a member of the Vargem Turtle Marina.

“Unfortunately a large number of strandings have been found deceased. Two of the deceased turtles had clear evidence of injuries from having been hit by the propellants of boats, which is a problem every year. The others were found in an advanced state of decomposition, so we have not been able to study the causes of their deaths,” she said.

The dead turtles are of hawksbill, loggerhead and white species and have already been documented. The reports so far are from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum, she added.

Once the dead turtles are found, a notification is made to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, as these animals are registered under the norm of endangered species and there has to be an investigation, explained the biologist.

In some cases it is possible to determine the cause of death and in others it’s not. Turtles that are found are taken to the laboratory for evaluation, and when it is not possible to determine the cause of death, they are reported and the authorities take control.