Hundreds of Olive Ridley turtles found dead

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More than 900 Olive Ridley turtles have been found dead along the coast of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, conservationists say.

A mass burial was held for the turtles

Wildlife groups said trawlers fishing illegally had not used devices to stop turtles getting entangled in nets.

Experts say such a large number of turtles has not been found dead on the southern Indian coast for 10 years.

Olive Ridleys are endangered in India. They are one of five species of marine turtle to mate and nest on its shores.

The turtles were found dead near an estuary along the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh, about 130km (80 miles) north of Chennai (Madras).


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