There have been a lot more dead turtles than usual washed up on beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Inevitably there is speculation that this is related to the explosion and oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on 22nd April.
22,000 barrels of oil per day are still leaking from the well and there is a major concern about the damage to environment and to wildlife. At the moment the authorities have not confirmed whether the increased number of turtle deaths is directly related to the oil spill or just a coincidence but they will be conducting autopsies on the bodies.
There is more on the Guardian’s website.