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 - No More Corona Beer For the World as Mexico Stops Production Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

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 - As Indians Stay Inside in Lockdown, Over 8 Lakh Olive Ridley Turtles Appear on Odisha Coast to Lay Around 6 cr Eggs

“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 - Man Suffers Three-Day Erection After Taking Sexual Stimulant Meant For Bulls, Hospitalised

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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