Mexico City: Over 300 sea turtles from an endangered species were found dead on a beach in southern Mexico, trapped in a banned type of fishing net, environmental authorities reported. Also Read - Man Clings For His Life After He Falls From Hot Air Balloon, Heart-Stopping Video Surfaces | Watch

In Mexico’s second mass turtle death in as many weeks, the Pacific Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) were found floating just off the beach of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca, their shells forming a bleak mini-island. Also Read - 6 Killed in Air Force Plane Crash in Mexico's Veracruz

“They had drowned at sea about eight days earlier, trapped in banned 120-metre fishing nets and six-inch nylon fishing line,” Mexico’s prosecution unit for environmental crimes said. On August 17, authorities said they had found 122 sea turtles dead on a beach in the neighbouring state of Chiapas, mostly from the same species. Also Read - Mexican Doctor Reports Serious Allergic Reaction After Receiving Pfizer Covid Vaccine

In that case, some of the turtles had wounds to the head or shell. Mexico banned the capture of sea turtles in 1990, but there is still a lucrative black market for their eggs.

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