122 Turtles Washed Ashore on Mexican Beach

Large numbers of turtles washed ashore on beach in the Puerto Arista region of Southern Mexico. No general reason for the deaths was concluded, though some showed wounds from fishing gear and hooks.

111 of these were the endangered Pacific Ridley Species (Lepidockelys olivacea).

Mexico banned capturing turtles in 1990, but a robust market remains for the eggs. It is estimated that in the last turtle generation the population has declined by 28%-34%, to just over 800,000 worldwide.

Global warming, predation of eggs and hatchlings, boating collisions and coastal development accounts for much of the decline.



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