Friday, February 15, 2008

Another turtle found dead on Terengganu beach

When I was at Rantau Abang in 2006, I saw a sick Green Turtle on the beach. No sign of injury on her. I tried pushing her back into the sea but was not successful. Are these turtles a warning to us of the coming "end of the world"?
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Friday February 15, 2008

Another turtle found dead on Terengganu beach
KUALA TERENGGANU: Four turtles have been found dead on Terengganu's beaches in the last five weeks.
In the latest case, a lifeless female hawksbill turtle measuring 1.5m in length was found on the beach off Gong Balai in Merchang, near here, late Tuesday.

Washed up: Five-year-old Muhd Ikhwan Hakim from Merchang taking a closer look at the dead turtle found beached off Gong Balai in Terengganu.

Villager Abdul Halim Ariffin, 39, believed the reptile could have died after being caught in a fishing net.

“Judging from its injuries, I think the turtle died several days before it washed ashore,” he said when met here.

On Jan 25, a lifeless male green turtle measuring 89.5cm was found on the beach off Universiti Malaysia Terengganu here.

In two previous cases, a green turtle washed up at the Tok Jembal beach, some 2km from the university, on Jan 6 and a giant soft-shelled turtle was found dead on the beach fronting the Botanical Course Camp Resort in Merang on Jan 15.

The soft-shelled turtle measured 63cm long and 55cm wide.
Over the last two years, 20 turtles have been reported stranded in Terengganu.

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