Hundreds of dead stingrays found on Mexico beach

19.07.2013 13:20

Hundreds of dead stingrays have been
found on a beach in the eastern
Mexican state of Veracruz.
The stingrays - more than 250 in total -
were spotted on Chachalacas beach near
the town of Ursulo Galvan on Tuesday.
Some locals reported seeing fishermen
dumping the rays on the beach.
Veracruz's Environment Minister Victor
Alvarado Martinez has asked federal
authorities for help investigating the
Local mayor Jose Martin Verdero said it
was "possible that the rays had got
caught in nets" used by Chachalacas
fishermen trying to catch other fish.
But residents said they had been dumped
after the fishermen did not get the price
they wanted for them.
Chachalacas fisherman Jaime Vazquez
said that in his more than three decades
in the job he had ever seen any of his
colleagues dump dead fish on the beach.
He told local media that any unwanted
fish would have been returned to the sea
while still alive.