By Monica Walton, Kevin Watler
The shooting death of a turtle conservationist by poachers on a beach in Costa Rica has brought to light the issue of turtle- egg poaching. Jairo Mora Sandoval, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves.
The 26-year-old’s body was found on a beach. His hands had been tied behind his back and he had been shot in the head after being kidnapped by a masked gang.
The murder has shed light on the criminal trade around the Caribbean.
US researcher, Sharika Crawford, is in Cayman looking into the history of turtling.
“The current situation in Costa Rica seems to be a bad combination of there is still a demand for this meat which has not been quenched. It may be connected with illicit drug activity, which unfortunately is very rampant in Central America and small islands in the Caribbean, in terms of moving those types of commodities,” she said. Video.