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Four sea lions found dead in fishing nets off Baja California Sur

La Paz, Baja California Sur — The Federal Office of Environmental Protection has filed an official complaint with the Attorney General over the death of four California sea lions that have died after becoming entangled in fishing line.

La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) reports that four sea lions have been found dead in the Áreas Naturales Protegidas of the Parque Nacional Zona Marina del Archipiélago de Espíritu Santo located in Baja California Sur.

The California sea lions are part of the protected species. Their remains were transferred to Departamento Académico de Zootecnia de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur for autopsies to confirm their cause of death.

Photo: La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa)

However, Profepa officers are certain the four sea lions died from submersion suffocation since they found the lions tangled in fishing nets. If they are able to find those responsible, a prison sentence of between one and nine years could be imposed along with a fine.

They say they will continue into their investigation to find those responsible for the deaths of the four sea lions.