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Three dead turtles wash ashore in under a week

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Hawksbill sea turtles can be found in many regions of the world, but are critically endangered. Photo: File

Three dead turtles have washed up on the northern coast of Yucatán in under a week. 

All three animals were of a species called Hawksbill sea turtles, known locally as tortugas de Carey. 

The Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae.

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The species can be found in several spots around the world, but its populations are most concentrated in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 

Local authorities removed the dead turtles and notified Mexico’s wildlife and environmental agency (Profepa) of the events. 

Six of the total seven species of sea turtles that exist worldwide can be found in Mexico, and four are known to nest in Yucatán.

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