November 10, 2013

Green sea turtle, via Wikimedia Commons
Green sea turtle, via Wikimedia Commons

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why.

One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or brown.

The puzzling thing, though, is that red tides have come and gone before without taking such a deadly toll on turtles.

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