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No. 17, 5th February 2012

Hanoi city, Vietnam: Hoan Kiem turtle spotted eating meat

SOURCES: - DATE: 2nd February 2012

It was the first time that many people in Hanoi were able to witness the Rafetus swinhoei emerging from Hoan Kiem lake, also known as Sword Lake in the city centre. The turtle immerged for a few hours, very close to the shore where it was seen eating a piece of decomposing meat.

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2. Phu Yen Province, Vietnam: An extremely poor man insisted on not selling valuable turtles

SOURCES: - DATE: 5th February 2012

Mr Hoang is keeping a small population of Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis) at his house in Phu Yen province, central Vietnam. He owns more than 50 individuals of different age classes, with more than 30 adults weighing between 1 and 1.5kg. According to current market prices (about 27 million VND/kg - $1296.52),he could become a billionaire in an instant. However, Hoang is determined to keep the turtles for breeding and for conservation and he thinks that makes him a ‘billionaire without money'. He also said that he thinks the turtles won't lose their value in the near future and he will put a lot of money and effort in feeding and taking care of them.

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3. Indonesia. Almost 1,500 turtles “crammed like sardines” into suitcases

DATE: 26th January 2012

On the 25th January 2012 1,495 live Pig-nosed turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) were seized in Mopah Airport, Merauke, in Papua Province, Indonesia. They were concealed inside two suitcases en route to Jakarta, the nation's capital and a major hub for illicit wildlife trade.
Valued as pets, and possibly consumed as meat in some countries, Pig-nosed Turtles are smuggled out of Indonesia by the thousands. Many are destined for the pet markets of East Asia, to places such as Hong Kong, where demand for this species is rising. The turtles are often concealed in shipments of tropical aquarium fish. There are also indications that many of the turtles are bound for the kitchen table, or to be used in traditional medicines. Pig-nosed Turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) are totally protected in Indonesia, making collection for export illegal.

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4.  Philippines: Sea Turtle Baby Boom Smashes Record

DATE: 31st January 2012

Saving the turtles of the Turtle Islands in the Philippines is important to the overall health of the Coral Triangle, a triangular area of ocean bordered by Indonesia, Malaysia and West Papua that boasts spectacular biodiversity, said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje. Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) laid more than one million eggs last year on one of the Turtle Islands in the southern Philippines. That number set an all-time high since recording of nesting started in 1984. An average of 30 to 35 green turtles nest on Baguan's shores every night, with totals increasing to as many as 140 during the peak nesting season from July to September. With each nesting, a sea turtle lays around 100 eggs and nests as many as five times within one nesting season. Only green turtles nest in Baguan, though its surrounding reefs and water also serve as development and feeding habitats for hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata).

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