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Dozens of turtles, dolphins found dead in Guatemala, probe launched

A handout picture released by Guatemala’s National Council for Protected Areas on June 23 shows a dead dolphin recently found on the country’s Pacific coast

Dozens of turtles, dolphins and other marine species have been found dead on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, prompting an official investigation, authorities said Thursday.

As many as 65 turtles, most of them of the Olive Ridley variety, and 14 dolphins were discovered dead earlier this week, Guatemala’s National Council of Protected Areas told AFP.

Officials at the agency believe the deaths could have been caused by heavy rains in recent days, which could have carried some toxic materials from the mainland into the sea.

Experts in this Central American nation will now study the animals’ remains to determine what caused the deaths.

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