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Jun 08, 2021

Turtles death toll rises to 17; 3 dolphins have also died

A total of 17 dead turtles have so far washed ashore on the coast of Sri Lanka in the last few days, the Department of Wildlife Conservation said on Tuesday (Jun. 08).

Further investigations are underway to ascertain the presence of turtle carcasses along the coastal belt stretching from Kalpitiya to Hambantota, a spokesperson for the Wildlife Conservation Department told media.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Department, EIGHT legal cases have been filed so far, with regard to the bodies of Turtles that were found washed ashore; facts regarding the discovery of any such turtle carcasses will be reported to court and cases will be filed accordingly, the spokesperson further noted.

Moreover, bodies of three dolphins have so far washed ashore along the coast of Sri Lanka recently.