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No. 139, 11th July 2014

1. Digestion helps turtles stay warm

SOURCE: – DATE: nd July 2014

Research conducted off the northern coast of Cape Breton has shed light on how leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) stay warm in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Previously, scientists speculated that turtles had to stay active in order to generate enough body heat with their muscles. But a new study to be published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology shows that digesting jellyfish accounts for up to about half the heat required for the massive turtles to thrive in the frigid environment.

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2. Binh Thuan province , Vietnam: Young entrepreneurs collect undersea garbage

SOURCE: – DATE: 4 th July 2014

Seventeen young entrepreneurs from Ho Chi Minh city underwent a voyage to collect garbage undersea in Cu Lao Cau Island - Binh Thuan province, Vietnam from the 28th of June to the 3rd of July 2014. This is one activity held to respond to the alarming situation of household waste in Cu Lao Cau Island. The garbage is collected, classified and processed in order to bring back the beauty of the island, and to create an ideal breeding ground for sea turtles. Young entrepreneurs also advocate and mobilise local people and tourists not to litter garbage into the ocean.

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3. Quang Binh province, Vietnam: Release rare animals to nature

SOURCE: – DATE: 6th July 2014

On the 6 th of July 2014, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh province, Vietnam), released seven rare animals into nature. The wildlife was from Environmental Police of Quang Binh Police, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park Ranger and individuals who voluntarily handover the species to the National Park. These endangered wildlife includes four stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), one rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), one Assam macaque (Macaca assamensis), and one Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons). According to Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, in the first 6 months of 2014, the centre for Rescue , Conservation and Development of Organisms has received, rescued and cared 37 wild animals, with 15 being released in nature.

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4. Canada: Turtle troubles: undercover officers after poachers and smugglers

SOURCE: – DATE: 4 th July 2014

Like ivory and rhino horns, turtles snatched from the wild are part of a global illegal wildlife trade estimated to be worth as much as $30 billion a year. Miller of MNR said Essex County and Southwestern Ontario, Canada are the hotspot of endangered species. Seven of eight turtle species in Ontario are at risk and Windsor-Essex has a handful of them including the threatened Blanding's turtle (Emys blandingii), spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) and eastern musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus). Miller said turtles are being smuggled into Europe and Southeast Asia. Rare turtles are prized by collectors addicted to adding to their black market hoard and snapping turtles are wanted both for food and for collectors.

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5. Vietnam: Fire destroys 20ha of Deo Ca special-use forest

SOURCE: – DATE: 7 th July 2014

By the evening of the 7th of July 2014, the fire in the area of ​​ special-use forests special-use forest at the foot of Deo Ca mountain pass in central Phu Yen province, Vietnam, was almost extinguished. Local people who witnessed the fire from the very beginning said that the fire started to emerge in the east of 1A highway, at the forest area of Hoa Xuan Nam Commune, Dong Hoa district, Phu Yen at around 10 am the same day. Due to dry weather and strong wind, the fire rapidly broke out, together with thick black smoke covering a wide area. According to preliminary statistics of functional forces, by the afternoon, more than 20ha of Deo Ca special use forests was estimated to be burned out completely. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
ATP NOTE: Deo Ca forest is habitat of critical endangered species Southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata) which is recently confirmed in only two provinces of Vietnam: Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen.

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6. Thailand: Phuket fishermen save severely injured sea turtle

SOURCE: – DATE: 8th July 2014

Local fisherman saved an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) that washed onto a Phuket beach missing a flipper today. The fishermen notified Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers, who collected the turtle from Sai Kaew Beach and transported it to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) at Cape Panwa. “The turtle's shell was damaged and its front flipper had been cut off. We think it was injured by a boat propeller, ”said Patcharaporn Kaewmong, a veterinarian at the PMBC. The creature – designated as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature – is a 65-centimeter-long female, weighing in at 23 kilograms.

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7. India: Sea turtles released to Indian River

SOURCE: – DATE: 8th July 2014

A platter-sized sea turtle plopped out of a plastic blue bin, fins flapping, to get back to where it once belonged in the Indian River Lagoon. Early Tuesday, volunteers helped set free 22 threatened loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) into the lagoon south of Sebastian Inlet. The turtles had just served as guinea pigs for testing turtle-friendly shrimp nets and as tissue donors for tests of how turtle cells react to environmental toxins. NOAA also released 163 two-year-old loggerhead sea turtles offshore Tuesday from a U.S. Coast Guard vessel.

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8. Malaysia: Green Turtle Senselessly Killed On Kijal Beach

SOURCE: – DATE: 9 th July 2014

On the 9th of July 2014, a police report has been lodged after an endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) was found brutally killed and tens of its immature eggs scattered in a leased turtle nesting area of the Kijal beach near here. Terengganu Fisheries Department director Abdul Khalil Abdul said the inhumane act reflected the greed of some people who would go to the extent of killing the innocent animals which were protected under the Fisheries Act to fulfill their objective. The Fisheries Act provides for a fine of up to RM3,000 ($945) or a maximum jail term of three months, or both, for offences of this nature, he said. Abdul Khalil said this was the third incident of its kind in Terengganu, the first having occurred in 2005 in Geliga, Kemaman, and the second in 2007 on Redang Island. ATP NOTE: the turtle had been butchered to remove its eggs for consumption.  

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9. Canadian: Big snapping turtle found in trunk during routine traffic stop

SOURCE: – DATE: 9th July 2014

An Ontario man faces several charges after a routine traffic stop by police, who uncovered a snapping turtle in his trunk. The man was pulled over on Tuesday night in Brantford, Ont., because his licence plates were not registered to his vehicle, according to police. He was arrested and then told officers that there was a nine-kilogram snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in the trunk. He asked if they would release it into the nearby Grand River.   Police say the car was towed to the river prior to being impounded, and the turtle was released without incident. The man faces charges that include driving while disqualified, driving while under suspension, and using plates not authorised for the vehicle.

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10. Australia: Tortoises make a comeback

SOURCE: – DATE: 11th July 2014

Endemic to West Australia, the Western Swamp Tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) is believed to be Australia's rarest reptile and the world's rarest tortoise. The World Conservation Union lists the tortoise as critically endangered, meaning there were thought to be fewer than 50 adults in the wild when the species was last assessed. But Perth Zoo's breeding program reached a milestone yesterday with the release of the 500th captive-bred juvenile. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said it was a "conservation landmark" for a species which had fought its way back from the brink of extinction.

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