Scientists looking for answers after hundreds of dead turtles wash ashore

Posted: November 17, 2013 in News

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Scientists believe a neurotoxin produced by algae may be behind the deaths of hundreds of sea turtles, which have washed up dead on beaches across Central America. Source: ThinkStock

 

HUNDREDS of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why.

 

One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or brown.

What puzzles scientists is the fact that red tides have come and gone before without taking such a deadly toll on turtles.

Making things worse, some of the turtles that are dying are endangered species.

In El Salvador, for instance, from late September to the middle of October, 114 sea turtles were discovered dead on Pacific coast beaches, according to the environment ministry.

They were black turtles (Chelonia…

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