“On Tuesday January 9, a giant leatherback sea turtle found dead on a beach at Chicxulub Puerto had suffocated after she got entangled in lobster traps and swallowed nylon wiring”, authorities said.
A marine biologist, Juan Lara Rodríguez, said the age of the turtle could not be determined. She weighed 250 kilos (over 500 pounds) and measured 2.2 meters (7.3 feet) from head to tail.
The last time a large sea turtle washed ashore in the area was when a smaller hawksbill turtle was found in 2016.
Named for their soft shells, the leatherback is the largest of all sea turtles.
Leatherbacks are also one of the most migratory of sea turtles, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Their numbers have seriously declined during the last century as a result of intense egg collection and harm from fisheries.
Globally, leatherbacks a vulnerable species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature is listed as vulnerable. Many subpopulations are critically endangered.
Source: Comuniqué Channel
more recommended stories
Cozumel returns to lead the cruise industry in Mexico and South America
The general director of the Port.
According to Mexican businessmen, the Maya Train project will only be profitable for Quintana Roo and Yucatán
In spite of the planning of.
2018 Merida’s International Festival of the Maya Culture has been cancelled
The State Government reported that it.
Organic products are becoming more popular in Mérida
Everyday, more and more companies offer.
Local transport companies will invest 250 million pesos in new Cancun-Tulum Metrobus
In order to cover the growing.
While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Maduro eats at one of the most expensive restaurants in the world (VIDEO)
A viral video showing Venezuelan president Nicolás.
Tulum’s “La Calma” Ecoresort master plan rejected by Semarnat
On September 12th, the environmental organization.
Organ donation culture increases in Yucatan
September 17, 2018 (ACOM) .- The.
New air route Merida-Villahermosa
Viva Aerobus, Mexico’s ultra-low-cost airline, with.
Criminology expert warns about possible increase of organized crime activity in Yucatán
“Poverty levels in the state of.