Dead Turtles in the Pacific – level 3
People found as many as 400 dead sea turtles floating in the Pacific around 13 kilometres off the coast of El Salvador in Central America. There were also some seriously ill turtles which people took to local veterinarians.
David Barahona, the mayor of the municipality where people found the turtles, speculated that they may have been victims of blast fishing or high levels of contamination in the area.
In 2013, people blamed a similar incident on a deadly neurotoxin produced by an algal bloom.
Difficult words: municipality (an area which has a local government), blast fishing (killing fish with bombs), neurotoxin (a poison which acts on the nervous system), algal bloom (a rapid growth of microscopic algae, which is a simple non-flowering aquatic plant).
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