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Major loss at Turtle Farm in Cayman- 299 baby turtles dead
299 Green Sea Turtles, aged three- and five-years-old died in mid-July after a water line break affected the water supply to some of the turtle tanks at the Cayman Turtle Farm in West Bay.
According to a statement from the Turtle Farm, one of the large water pipes carrying seawater from a pumping station developed an underground crack.
In order to make repairs they had to stop pumping sea water into the farm via the pipe system.
The operation requires several hundred thousand gallons of fresh sea water to be pumped into the farm continuously to ensure safety and living conditions for the sea turtles.
The 299 turtles lost represent less than five per cent of the total number of turtles kept at the farm, which is used largely as a breeding facility for the animals.