(REUTERS) - Authorities in Mexico are deploying drones to the country's south-western beaches to take action against a surge in turtle egg poaching.
Precious turtle eggs may be the latest casualty of Mexico's violent crime problem.
Eggs from the threatened Olive Ridley turtle are being poached at an enormous rate along Mexico's southern coast - a prime nesting site.
The turtles come to the coast every year to lay their eggs in the sand, but environmentalists say up to 80 percent of the turtle eggs are stolen because there is no one to protect them.
Due to egg poaching and natural turtle predators, it is estimated just point-2 per cent of turtles reach adulthood.