Dozens of turtles and dolphins found dead in Guatemala, probe launched

A photo released on June 23 by the National Council of Protected Areas of Guatemala shows a dead dolphin recently found on the Pacific coast of the country

Dozens of turtles, dolphins and other marine species have been found dead off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, prompting an official investigation, authorities said Thursday.

As many as 65 turtles, most of the Olive Ridley variety, and 14 dolphins were discovered dead earlier this week, Guatemala’s National Council of Protected Areas told AFP.

Agency officials believe the deaths may have been caused by heavy rains in recent days, which could have spilled toxic substances from the mainland into the sea.

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Experts in this Central American nation will now study the remains of the animals to determine what caused the deaths.

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