Endangered turtle dies as oil reaches Japan's coastline after Iranian tanker collision
Japan Times -- Feb 10
A green turtle died as oil reached the southern Amami-Oshima Island coast, the local government said Thursday, but it was not clear whether the oil came from an Iranian tanker that sank in nearby waters last month.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the green turtle as an endangered species.

Clumps of oil were found washed up on the shores of Amami-Oshima Island and Yaku Island over the past week. Environment Ministry officials and the Kagoshima Prefectural Government carried out cleanup efforts Thursday on Amami-Oshima Island.

The Japan Coast Guard’s regional headquarters has said it has not been able to confirm a link between the pollution and the oil spill following the tanker collision on Jan. 6. It will continue investigating the incident.

The prefectural government began investigating the cause of the turtle’s death after it was found on Tuesday. Oil was found stuck to the inside the turtle’s mouth, officials said.

奄美大島に漂着した油が原因でウミガメが死んだとみられます。 環境省によりますと、6日に鹿児島県の奄美大島の海岸で、絶滅危惧種に指定されているアオウミガメの死骸を住民が発見しました。獣医師が死骸を調べたところ、口の中に油があり、窒息死したとみられます。
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