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69 turtles and 1 dolphin found dead on Mexican beach
Sea animals are endangered by pollution, poachers, and fishermen - Photo: Mario Arturo Martínez/EL UNIVERSAL

69 turtles and 1 dolphin found dead on Mexican beach

11/03/2019
14:35
Arturo de Dios Palma
Mexico City
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Guerrero's Environment and Natural Resources Ministry said it was unlikely that the animals died as a result of poaching and that the animals died at sea

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At least 69 turtles and a dolphin have been found dead in the last week in beaches in Acapulco, Coyuca de Benítez, and San Jerónimo, in the state of Guerrero.

Manuel Salvador Gómez Galeana, a member of Guerrero's Board for the Care, Protection, and Research of the Sea Turtle, explained that the species found were Chelonia agassizii and Lepidochelys olivacea.

Gómez Galeana explained that on Sunday, they found 9 dead turtles on the El Carrizal beach: seven female and two males.

In total, 69 turtles have been found dead in Guerrero beaches, also, they found a dead dolphin. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The activist explains that in Coyuca de Benítez, around 600 turtles are poached each year to sell their meat and eggs.

On the other hand, Guerrero's Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (Semaren) said it was unlikely that the animals died as a result of poaching and that the animals died at sea.

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