Nearly three dozen sea turtles have washed up on the Pacific shores of Guatemala in recent days. Government officials are worried because breeding season has just begun and it does not appear that local fishermen are using their nets nets properly (or at all) so that sea turtles caught in the nets can escape. Instead, many of the turtles are drowning or bleeding out from their wounds. (See also Sify News)
While we know the answer as to why the sea turtles are dying in Guatemala, no one yet knows why upwards of 500 penguins have died in Brazil. Researchers speculate that the penguins might have died because of starvation (many had empty stomachs) caused by stronger than usual currents and lower than ususual water temperatures or simply overfishing.