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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 201, 26th September 2015

1. Quang Binh province, Vietnam: Release 18 wild animals to nature
SOURCE: vtv.vn – DATE: 20 th September 2015

On the 18th of September, the Centre for Rescue, Conservation and Creatures Development in collaboration with Forest Protection Department of Phong Nha – Ke bang National Park (Quang Binh) released 18 wild animals back into the wild. These animals included 1 Stumped-Tailed Macaque (Macaca arctoides), 1 Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca leonia), 2 Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta), 4 Indochinese Box Turtles (Cuora galbinifrons) and 6 Bourret’s Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti), 2 Common Palm Civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), and 2 Brush-tailed Porcupines (Atherurus macrourus)

ATP NOTE: The intergrade for the two species, Cuora galbinifrons and Cuora bourreti has not been clearly defined yet but likely occurs in one of the three provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri or Ha Tinh in Vietnam.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Phong Nha Ke Bang released animals

© Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park

burned turtle hatchling

© L. Collyer

2. The Cayman Islands: Turtle hatchlings burned in abandoned bonfire
SOURCE: caymannewsservice.com - DATE: 18th September 2015

Around two dozen turtles that hatched on a South Sound beach in the Cayman Islands, which is a British Overseas Territory, were killed in a bonfire Wednesday night (16th September 2015). Researchers believe the green turtle hatchlings were attracted to the embers of the unauthorized beach bonfire after emerging from their nest nearby.

Bonfires require approval from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) but whoever built the fire involved in this incident had not received a permit. Officials from the DEH urged the public to apply for permission for any fire by contacting them at 949-6696. Fires should never be left unattended and must be fully extinguished before whoever built them leave the area, the DEH stated.

Link to this web article online (English)

3. India: Turtles seized from Bongaon market
SOURCE: timesofindia.indiatimes.com – DATE: 19th September 2015

The officers of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in association with the state forest department's wildlife crime control unit, arrested two persons from Bongaon (North 24 Parganas , West Bengal, India) on Saturday (the 19th of September 2015) and rescued as many as 22 rare turtles, all protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act.

An official of WCCB said that "We have rescued three ganges softshell turtles, 12 Indian softshell turtles (Nilssonia gangetica) and 6 Indian pond turtles (Melanochelys trijuga). Four dead ganges softshell turles and three dead Indian softshell turtles were also found".

ATP NOTE: It is not clear what species the Ganges softshell turtle refers to but it could be that this is a local names also given too the Indian Softshell Turtle.

Link to this web article online (English)

4. $134M in BP funds okayed to help sea turtles, fish, islands recover from 2010 Gulf oil spill
SOURCE: leaderpost.com – DATE: 23rd September 2015

A panel on Wednesday approved using $134 million provided by energy giant BP PLC on 10 projects to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from a catastrophic 2010 oil spill.

The approval came from a trustee council made up of Gulf coast states and federal officials overseeing ecological restoration from the offshore spill. About $126 million will go to projects to help sea turtles, fish, vegetation and birds and $8 million on enhancing recreational uses.

Link to this web article online (English)

5. Costa Rico: Snapping turtles rescued from a grocery store meat counter
SOURCE: ticotimes.net – DATE: 23rd September 2015

Police arrested a man trying to sell endangered snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentine), which are endangered in Costa Rica and are protected by law, to a Chinese grocer in Limón (Costa Rica) on Sunday (20th September 2015).

The suspect who had four large freshwater snapping turtles in his car trunk was handed over to a flagrancy court in Limón. The animals were still alive and in good condition. Officers released the animals back into the wild near Moín, Costa Rica.

Link to this web article online (English)

snapping turtle

© Public Security Ministry

baby sea turtle

© Bureau of land management

6. How to see sea turtles — without bothering them
SOURCE: sciencenews.org – DATE: 23rd September 2015
Some general guidance when encountering a sea turtle nesting:

        • Stay out of the way, by at least 30 feet (9 metres).
        • Speak softly and move quietly.
        • Don’t use flash photography and turn off your flashlight when a turtle is near.
        • Leave your pet behind.
        • If you see a sea turtle on the beach outside of nesting season, call the authorities. It may be sick, injured or too cold - and in need of help, which should only be provided by experts.
        • Watch out for baby turtles after they hatch. You don’t want to step on them. And leave them alone.

Link to this web article online (English)

 

 
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