10 Jul 2008

Three dead turtles found in American Samoa

9:46 am on 10 July 2008

The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources says it has collected 3 dead turtles in the Territory in the space of a week.

Samoa News reports the latest turtle was found dead at Utulei Beach over the weekend.

Its the second turtle found at Utulei.

An autopsy revealed the first turtle found there last week had a lot of plastics in its large intestine including grocery bags and what appeared to be part of used nappy.

And an injured endangered green sea turtle found last Wednesday died a few hours later from the its injuries.

Meanwhile, a young hawksbill turtle found dead near the village of Aua last month appeared to have been poisoned by garbage.