Stranded turtles rescued in Santa María Tonameca

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Staff at the La Escobilla turtle camp and municipal officials from Santa María Tonameca collaborated in rescuing several olive ridley turtles found stranded in the Las Salinas lagoon.

Upon their arrival at the lagoon, the rescuers found a number of dead turtles, while those that were alive showed signs of malnutrition and damaged shells.

Some residents of the town of La Escobilla pointed out that something must be done to prevent the turtles from gaining access to the lagoon after their arrival at the beach.

The Tonameca Civil Protection office signaled that it intends to increase monitoring and visits to Las Salinas, as well as another body of water in the same area.

“We are going to coordinate rescue and relocation work for stranded turtles; many dead olive ridleys have been found. La Escobilla is a sanctuary and thousands, tens of thousands of turtles arrive every season. Preventive measures must be reinforced so that the turtles do not go from the beach to the lagoons,” said Giovani Ríos, Civil Protection director.

“We have removed hundreds of turtles from the lagoons, many dead and in a state of decay. [It is a recurring event] that the turtles go from the beach to the lagoon, there must be a kind of protection,” residents urged.

With reports from Estado Actual

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