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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 141, 25th July 2014


1. Vietnam: release a 200 kg sea turtle in the sea

SOURCE: vnexpress.net – DATE: 18 th July 2014

On the 18th of July, Nguyen Quoc Dan, Deputy Chairman of Hai An commune People's Committee, Hai Lang district, Quang Tri province, said that local people and authorities released a big sea turtle to nature. The 2.1 meter and 200kg turtle was identified as Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). It had been discovered in Thuan Dau village, near one big hole dug in the beach 30 meters from the shore. ATP NOTE: Nesting of Leatherback sea turtles in Vietnam is very rare and poorly documented, the potential for the species once again returning to nest in Quang Tri province would be of great importance for the species in Vietnam.

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2. Taiwan: Taipei councilor criticizes death rate at rescue center

SOURCE: taipeitimes.com – DATE: 20 th July 2014

A Taipei City councilor on Friday expressed concern over the number of fatalities at the Taipei Zoo Rescue Center, which is supposed to provide emergency handling, veterinary care, treatment and shelter for abandoned wild animals. According to Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-yuan of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), from 2011 to last month, 213 animals at the center had died, an average of 5.07 deaths each month. “So instead of a rescue center, it is actually a ‘death center' for these animals. The high death rate is just unacceptable,” Lee said. “The shelter receives more than NT$10 million (US$330,000) in funding a year, and cares for between 700 and 900 animals. Right now, it has 663 protected species animals there. Of the deaths there, 108 were turtles,” Lee said. “Quite an significant number of deaths were of class-one protected species, such as the Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) , which can cost NT$50,000 ($1,670), along with Chinese three-keeled turtle (ATP NOTE: most likely Cuora mouhotii), orangutan and Formosan black bear.”

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3. India: Srikurmam village temple in Andhra Pradesh breeds 55 baby star tortoises

SOURCE: timesofindia.indiatimes – DATE: 21 st July 2014

Southern India's only temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu's second avatar Srikurmanadha (in the form of a tortoise) in Srikurmam hatched 55 baby star tortoises ( Geochelone elegans ) from the 7 th of July to the 20 th of July this year. In order to protect the dwindling number of endangered wild species, the endowments department with the co-operation of Green Mercy, an environmental organisation, has bred the Star tortoises which are only found in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The government of India has brought the species under Schedule 4 of the Wild Animal Protection Act.

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4. Qatar: 5,000 sea turtle eggs hatched

SOURCE: thepeninsulaqatar.com - DATE: 22 nd July 2014

Qatar hatched a total of 5,000 hawksbill sea turtles eggs during last winter. Jointly launched by the Ministry of Environment and Qatar University, the hatchling project is aimed to protect the endangered species, Issa Mohammed Al Kuwari, Head of Marine Environment Head, Ministry of Environment has said. The Northern seashores of Qatar have been identified as safe haven for hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) for nesting.  The turtles lay eggs particularly along the beaches around Ras Laffan Industrial area, which is home to 30 per cent of the total turtle nests in the country. Each nest contains well over one hundred eggs, according to experts.

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5. Vietnam, Hai Phong city: Release of a 12kg sea turtle

SOURCE: thuysanvietnam.com.vn – DATE: 23 rd July 2014

Bui Trung Nghia, Chairman of the People's Committee of Cat Hai district, Hai Phong city released a 12 kg sea turtle in the sea near Bai Thap Nghieng Island , Lan Ha Bay with the witness of leaders of Cat Hai District's governing agencies and local people. The Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) had been bought from a fisherman by Mr Le Anh Tuan , a local Restaurant's owner, who then transferred the animal to the local authorities to release.

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6. The Philippines: Death of stranded turtle prompts DENR probe order

SOURCE: newsinfo.inquirer.net – DATE: 24 th July 2014

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas has ordered an investigation of the death of a female Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), locally known as pawikan, an endangered species, in Toledo City. The turtle was found on the shore of Barangay (village) Bato in Toledo with a head wound on the 19 th of July, 2014. Officials said the endangered animal was at least 30 years old and weighed around 30 kg. Isabelo Montejo, DENR regional director, said he has ordered an investigation “so that persons responsible for this brazen act will be dealt with accordingly.” Montejo said hunting, killing, harming, trading or even possessing endangered animals are punishable under the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 (Republic Act No. 9147). Hawksbill turtles are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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7. Study: Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction

SOURCE: usatoday.com – DATE: 24 th July 2014

The loss and decline of animals around the world — caused by habitat loss and global climate disruption — mean we're in the midst of a sixth "mass extinction" of life on Earth, according to several studies out Thursday in the journal Science . One study found that although human population has doubled in the past 35 years, the number of invertebrate animals – such as beetles, butterflies, spiders and worms – has decreased by 45% during that same period. Although big, photogenic species, such as tigers, rhinos and pandas, get the bulk of the attention, researchers say it's clear that even the disappearance of the tiniest beetle can significantly change the various ecosystems on which humans depend.

Another article in this week's Science , led by Philip Seddon of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, details the way we can reduce this mass extinction by reintroducing animals to wild populations and recolonizing entire populations — such as giant tortoises — to areas in which they've gone extinct.

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8. The first Asian American superhero

SOURCE: the guardian.com- DATE: 25 th 2014

Gene Yang and Sonny Liew last week released The Shadow Hero, their 176-page book narrating the origins of the first Asian American superhero: The Green Turtle. If the name is unfamiliar, it's because the story of the Green Turtle is one of those strange, cult tales that the medium seems to regularly harbour, complete with underdog and a dash of intrigue.  

The Shadow Hero transports the reader to 1940s America where Hank, a young Chinese American, the son of immigrants, is content working at his father's grocery store, until events – some natural, some less so – lead him to don the mantle of the Green Turtle. The book is a coming of age tale, loving homage to Golden Age superheroes and moving family drama – all wrapped in a surprisingly acute depiction of the immigrant experience. There's the loss of identity Hank's mother experiences, his father's refusal to move beyond the familiar, Hank's own struggle to find a place and meaning of his own. Fizzing with humour, and a characterful charm lent to it by Liew's expressive, nuanced lines, it's a genuinely refreshing inclusion to the oeuvre.

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