About 300 endangered sea turtles found dead off Mexican coast

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About 300 sea turtles have died on Mexico's southern Pacific coast after they were trapped in an abandoned illegal fishing net.

The so-called olive Ridley turtles every year closer to the summer arriving to the shores of Latin American countries for breeding.

It will work with other agencies to tow, move and bury the turtles on the beach, in an area prepared for this goal. Only in Mexico inhabits six of the seven species of sea turtles.

A statement from San Pedro Mixtepec council said they were "in the best disposition to help to take precautionary measures to avoid further loss of species in danger of extinction".

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A similar incident happened earlier this month when 102 olive ridley and some other turtles were found dead in a sanctuary in Chiapas, another Mexican state.

The turtles are believed to have been killed after becoming entangled in a 393-foot-long fishing net-a kind that's prohibited in the area, according to officials with Mexico's office for environmental protection.

The sea turtles have since been buried on the beach.

Experts said asphyxiation, fish hooks or harmful algae could have killed the turtles, but the cause is still being investigated, PROFEPA said.