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No. 173, 13th March 2015

1. Vinh Long province, Vietnam: Rushing to see the 68-kg sea turtle
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th March 2015

Over the last several days, a large number of people have come to see a large sea turtle in Nhu Phap pagoda in Tan Quoi hamlet, Tan Hoa commune, Vinh Long city, Vinh Long province. A nun at the Nhu Phap pagoda said that the turtle was transferred from Sieu Ly pagoda (Vinh Long city) on the 9th of March 2015. The turtle had been caught by fishermen in Ca Mau area before being bought and given as a present to Tue Hung Venerable of Sieu Ly pagoda. The turtle was thought to be a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Nuns at Nhu Phap pagoda wish for a better living condition for the turtle with the support from organizations and individuals.  ATP NOTE: Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) is already on the case and efforts are being made to get the animal back in the wild.

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chelonia mydas


2. Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam: rare sea turtle found in Tam Giang lagoon
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th March 2015

On the 12th of March, when fishing at Tam Giang Lagoon, Thua Thien Hue province, a fisherman named Nguyen Hung witnessed a turtle trapped in his fishing net. The turtle was 50cm in length and 12 kg in weight, and identified as a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). The local authorities are working with functional agencies to release the turtle as soon as possible.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

pig nosed turtle
The Department of Parks and Wildlife

3. Australia: Rare pig-nosed turtles seized after Perth man tried to sell them on Gumtree
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th March 2015

Two rare Pig-nosed Turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) have been seized in sting operation in Perth after a man tried to sell one on Gumtree, an online market, for $2,000. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DpaW) said the internationally protected species was native to the Northern Territory and highly desirable on the exotic pet black market. Wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said the seller of the turtle was caught in a sting operation.

Link to this web article online (English)

4. The USA: Turtle weighing more than 700 pounds found on North Carolina beach euthanized
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th March 2015

A Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) weighing more than 700 pounds has been found on the beaches of North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore posted to Facebook that the turtle weighed 706 pounds (320kg) and had to be euthanized. The turtle has since been transferred to the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City for a thorough necropsy. The turtle was lethargic and buried in sand when it was found, according to biologists. Officials were unable to allow the turtle to live in captivity because of the size.

Link to this web article online (English)

leatherback sea turtle

5. The USA: After Rescue, Massive Sea Turtle Released Into Atlantic
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th March 2015

A 475-pound (215kg) Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) that was rescued from a remote beach in South Carolina was returned to the ocean Thursday (12th March 2015), after being found stranded ashore and nursed back to health. It took five people to carry the creature, officials say.
The turtle "immediately responded to treatments" of fluids, vitamins and antibiotics after it was rescued Saturday, says spokeswoman Kate Dittloff of the South Carolina Aquarium.
A gender can't be determined for the turtle: Despite its size, it's still too young to have a mature reproductive system. It is believed to be about 10 to 15 years old. Mature leatherbacks can reach sizes of up to around 2,000 pounds (907kg).

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