Since Christmas nearly 300 endangered Pacific Green sea Turtles have been killed by red tide on the southern Pacific coast of Mexico.

A Red Tide is cause by huge algae blooms that are so large that they turn the water red. They can be caused by warm Ocean surface temperatures, high nutrient content, low salinity and clam seas.  This can result in the oxygen in the water becoming depleted and toxins been released. 

Endangered Green Sea Turtles Killed by Red Tide in Mexico. 1

The office for. environmental protection said “That autopsies showed the turtles had eaten sea salps, gelatinous blobs that may have accumulated the algae toxins.”

Twenty seven turtles were saved by the combined efforts of the authorities, researchers and volunteers.

To make matters worse, The Green Sea turtle is listed as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Photo Credit: Sea Turtle Oversight ProtectionFacebook Page

Photo Credit: Maureen Kloss Facebook Page

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Scuba Diver ANZ Editor, Adrian Stacey, first learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef over 24 years ago. Since then he has worked as a dive instructor and underwater photographer in various locations around the world including, Egypt, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Saba. He has now settled in Australia, back to where his love of diving first began.

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