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More than 30 green sea dying turtles found with stab marks on their necks in Japan

More than 30 green sea turtles on the edge of death have been found around the island of Kumejima in Okinawa.

Some of the turtles are reportedly already dead. The marine animals had wounds near the base of their necks where they had been stabbed with what appeared to be a blade.

The Okinawa Prefectural Police’s Naha Police Station has dispatched local police officers to the scene to check on the situation.




According to the Kumejima Municipal Government, at least 30 sea turtles were found in the Maja area on the east side of the island in the early afternoon of July 14, up to about 50 meters offshore when the tide went out and the sea bottom became visible. These turtles were reportedly bleeding and barely breathing, and most of them had sting marks. Some of them were entangled in nets used for fishing.

According to the Kumejima sea turtle museum, the area is covered with algae, and it is possible that many turtles came to search for food.

Kumejima is a remote island on the western side of the main island of Okinawa.