The Huffington Post reported on July 16 that nearly 250 stingrays were found on a beach in eastern Mexico on Tuesday. Mexican authorities are currently investigating how the stingrays came to be on the beach near the town of Ursulo Galvan in Veracruz.
Some witnesses have claimed that they saw fishermen dumping the stingrays on the beach. Chopped stingrays are a common dish in Veracruz restaurants and some think that fisherman might have dumped the stingrays because they weren't able to get a good price for them. A local fisherman told BBC News that he has never seen any of his colleagues dumping dead fish on the beach and that normally any unwanted fish are returned to the sea while still alive.
It is also possible that Petroleos Mexicanos, the national oil company of Mexico, could have been involved, but so far there is no evidence to suggest the company played a hand in the deaths of the stingrays. Veracruz's Environment Minsister, Victor Alvarado Martinez, has asked federal authorities for help investigating the strange and mysterious incident.