Tortuguero Sanctuary, Chiapas — The death of more than 100 sea turtles, most of which are female, remain a mystery to government environmental officials who say they continue to wait for water test results.
The Federal Office of Environmental Protection reported that from July 24 to August 13, 113 sea turtles suddenly died in the Sanctuary of Puerto Arista in Tonalá, Chiapas, a situation that continues to be investigated.
In a statement, the federal office explained that in coordination with the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, they have been monitoring the contingency for the mortality of the sea turtles already considered in danger of extinction.
While hypothesis have been provided, officials are left in mystery as to the real reason the sea turtles began washing up on Chiapas beaches in late July. To date, 113 have been counted along a 30-kilometer stretch of Pacific coast, of which 65 percent have been female.
Water samples were taken and autopsies of the dead turtles were made for analysis and studies.
The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Miguel Álvarez del Toro Zoo, the Ministry of Environment and Natural History and the Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the government of Chiapas continue to await water results.