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Dozens of turtles, dolphins found dead in Guatemala, probe launched

A photo released on June 23 by the National Council for Protected Areas of Guatemala shows a dead dolphin recently found on

A photo released on June 23 by Guatemala’s National Council for Protected Areas shows a dead dolphin recently found on the country’s Pacific coast.

Dozens of turtles, dolphins and other marine species have been found dead off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, prompting an official investigation, authorities said Thursday.

As many as 65 turtles, most of the Olive Ridley variety, and 14 dolphins were discovered dead earlier this week, Guatemala’s National Council of Protected Areas told AFP.

The agency did not say where exactly the dead animals were found.

Agency officials believe the deaths may have been caused by heavy rains in recent days, which could have spilled toxic substances from the mainland into the sea.

Researchers are also investigating whether industrial fisheries being developed offshore may have played a role.

Experts in this Central American nation will now study the remains of the animals to determine what caused the deaths.

Local officials teamed up with volunteers to see if there were any more dead species.


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