14 whales and 16 turtles washed up dead in Baja California, Mexico
Gray whales are 14 and 16 dead sea turtles in BCSLa Paz, Baja California Sur .- The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection detected the stranding of 14 gray whales (13 calves and an adult) and 16 sea turtles “prietas” after two separate tours surveillance on the shores of Laguna Scammon, Black Warrior, town of Mulege, Baja California Sur.
Specialists from the Federal Office for the agency and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas in Baja California Sur, estimated that the death of the whales, which have an advanced state of decomposition, could be due to natural causes.
This, because in this area foster that kind of marine mammal, the calves are commonly lost or are abandoned by the mother, so do not receive adequate nutrition and tend to die, since they consume on average total of 200 liters of breast milk per day.
It should be noted that cetaceans found no rips or injury caused by ships or entanglements that might have caused his death. Also, most of the bodies of these cetaceans are intact and have only two shark bites.
In a second action taken in the area of marshes Scammon Lagoon, Profepa inspectors detected 16 copies of “brown” turtle (Chelonia midas agassizii) in an advanced state of decomposition.
The turtles found no rips or wounds on their bodies, although some of these were dismembered by scavengers (mainly coyotes).