13 NOVEMBER 1997. NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA & MEXICO: SEA TURTLES

CNN (with Associated Press and Reuters contributions) reported that high tides and drought associated with El Nino are threatening nests of olive ridley turtles at La Flor, Nicaragua. Only 20,000 turtles have hatched his year, down from 185,000 last year during a comparable period. La Flor produces about half of the country's turtle production each year. Similar damage has been reported from Costa Rican nesting beaches. In Mexico, Hurricane Pauline destroyed only about 20 % of the nests.

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