Red tide could be the cause of death of sea turtles in Los Santos

Panama- The Ministry of Environment in The Saints, investigate an unusual turtle die-offs on the coasts of the province, while the species is in full spawning and nesting period.

And it is that, as confirmed, more than 20 turtles, mostly males of the species Lora and Green, have been detected lifelesssome without head, fins or other parts of the body, which have been dragged by stream until Beaches.

To the date, It is unknown what phenomenon he has caused death of the tortoises, since those that have been found are found in un advanced state of decompositionwhich has prevented taking tissue samples for analysis.

The information was confirmed by the director of Mi Ambiente in Los Santos, Elida Bernal, who explained that in places like veno beach, in the district of pedasi, and in Cambutalin toneyes, have encountered the phenomenon.

Bernal indicated that it is a unusual fact, uncommon on these coasts, where every year thousands of turtles they arrive at spawn in mass arrivals, so it’s about investigate what can be causing the deaths.

Between the theories that is handled on these deaths, are the red tide hypoxiathat is, the lack of oxygen, due to aexcessive increase in the number of algae microscopic in the seaas well as the presence of natural predators.

Nor is it ruled out that the interaction with the fishermen has caused the death of the species, which according to the communities’ report, has begun to decrease.


The entity requested artisanal fishermen Y residents in the coastal areas, alert to the Mi Ambiente agencies before any phenomenon that I could put in danger these species, They use these shores to lay their eggs each year from July to November.

in the most recent arrivalclose toand 22 thousand turtles they reached the Marinera beachin toneyes, a Wildlife Refuge which becomes one of the favorite places for sea turtles to carry out their nesting.

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