299 turtles die in Cayman Islands
on 04/08/2012 16:17:28
The Cayman Turtle Farm in West Bay said the 299 young reptiles died this week after a water line broke and affected the water supply to several tanks.
Officials said water stopped flowing as crews repaired the pipe, and a back-up system failed.
They added that the turtles that died represent less than 5% of the population at the farm.
The farm has roughly 490 turtles for breeding and more than 7,000 as part of a release programme.