Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Only days into the sea turtle season, three have already been found deceased in the Isla Mujeres municipality.
Deline García Canto from the marine turtle protection program explained that three adult sea turtles have been found dead near Punta Sam, all showing signs of propeller injuries. He says that due to the extensiveness of the propeller damage, all three sea turtles were mostlikely hit by larger boats rather than smaller ones.
The turtles “were practically split in half,” he said adding that “a small boat could not have done damage as serious as these turtles had,” he said.
He explained that according to the information collected, the turtles were injured by the propellers of large transport vessels and not by small boats, since the shells were halved.