351 dead turtles and 137 dead sea lions wash up on Baja California coast, Mexico #Turtles #SeaLions #BajaCalifornia #Mexico
351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead on the same stretch of coastline where 137 sea lions were found deceased earlier this month.
The loggerhead sea turtles and sea lions were found on the Baja California coast, in northwestern Mexico.
he Mexican Centre for Environmental Law and the Centre for Biological Diversity have both said the death of the sea turtles highlights the need for net and line fishing to be banned in this area of the Pacific coast.
Searches following reports of beached sea lions on 4 September found the animals’ carcasses scattered along an 80-mile stretch of coast in Comondu, Baja California.
Tissue samples from the animals have been collected to establish a cause of death after authorities said the sea lions showed no sign of injuries from fishing nets or lines.
In Mexico, California sea lions are a protected species but aren’t considered to be at danger of extinction.
However, loggerhead sea turtles are considered endangered in the country.
Activists have argued that the use of nets are the main reason behind the death of the sea turtles.
The groups have said the area where they were found is considered a protected zone for sea turtles as current regulations only allow for 90 deaths a year while a temporary ban on commercial long-line and gill net fishing is implemented.
However, Mario Sanchez, who works for the Centre for Environmental Law, said: “We are concerned that the deaths of loggerhead turtles is getting worse in the Gulf of Ulloa and that environmental authorities have still not enforced the applicable regulations.”
In 2019, 331 loggerhead turtles were found dead in the area, and in 2018 the figure stood at 459.
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40+ #penguins, plus #dolphins, #turtles and #SeaLions found dead on beaches in #SantaCatarina, #Brazil
Photo: PMP-BS / Divulgação
In Bombinhas, more than 40 penguins were found dead on Thursday (22), according to the Santos Basin Beaches Monitoring Project (PMP-BS). On the morning of Friday (23), five more animals in Itapema , one in Porto Belo and another in Bombinhas were located by the Anjos do Mar Institute.
In addition to the penguins, dolphins, turtles and sea lions were collected dead by the environmental agencies partners of the PMP-BS, still without balance. The project and the Angels of the Sea Institute state that mortality can be linked to different factors.
“This cause of death for the penguins is more related to a natural cause, that the animals are very thin and debilitated with a large parasite infestation,” explains PMP-BS program coordinator Jeferson Dick.
According to the director of the Anjos do Mar Institute, Marcelo Assumpção Ulysséa, the use of witch networks has also caused the deaths. “Illegal shore fishing nets,” adds the director, who found animals trapped in them.
In Bombinhas, the animals were found in Mariscal, Quatro Ilhas and Canto Grande. Penguins often swim in flocks and are also found dead in groups, in the sea or on the beach sands.
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#Penguins, #SeaLions, #turtle and several dead #birds appeared on the coast of #JoséIgnacio, #Uruguay
Photo: SOS Marine Fauna Rescue of Punta Colorada
“There were 28 dead penguins, three sea lions, one large turtle and several birds, petrels and albatross, scattered in 50 meters of shore of a beach of José Ignacio,” explained Richard Tesore, head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina .
“A couple of penguins had some oil, the rest were healthy, it is thought that some animals had arrived alive and then some stray dogs killed them, since they had blood in the neck area,” he added.
In addition, the beaches of Rocha and Canelones also had the appearance of dead animals in their coasts, according to El País and confirmed Montevideo Portal.
“It is a very bad situation, we raise some bodies to do necropsies and the idea is to reveal reports to the authorities to find out if there is an answer,” concluded Tesore.
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