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No. 218, 23rd January 2016

1. Vietnam’s legendary turtle has died.

SOURCE: – DATE: 19th January 2016

Throughout the day the news from around the world has been reporting the passing of the famous Hoan Kiem Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in Hanoi. The turtles in the lake are famous dating back to a 15th century legend in which they take a magical sword from the Vietnamese King Le Loi. The death of the animal which discovered on the 19th of January 2016, affectionately referred to as 'Cu Rua' Great Grandfather Turtle marks the passing of the last of his species in the lake.

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2. Vietnam: dozens of rare sea turtles rescued by Kien Giang authorities
SOURCE: – DATE: 19th January 2016

Dozens of rare and endangered sea turtles were handed over to Kien Giang authorities by local fishermen. These turtles were temporarily kept in tanks and would be returned to the sea after undergoing initial medical check-up and treatment. ATP NOTE: As can be seen from the video, they are Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).

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3. India: 300 turtles found dead on Puri beach
SOURCE: – DATE: 21st January 2016

As many as 300 Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) and a dolphin were found dead along the Puri beach in Odisha, eastern India on the 20th of January 2016.

Animal experts suggested the turtles might have been killed after being hit fishing trawlers in the sea. Despite there being prohibition on fishing within a distance of 20km from the beach, experts claim that trawler operators still undertake fishing illegally there. The bodies of the turtles have been sent for post-mortem examination to try and uncover the cause of death.

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dead sea turtles in India

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sea turtle in Mexico


4. Mexico: Mexicans rescue thousands of abandoned turtle eggs
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd January 2016

More than 12,000 abandoned  Golfina turtle eggs were recovered this week from beaches in the Pacific coast states of Michoacán and Oaxaca. The endangered Golfina turtle, widely known as The Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), is the smallest species of sea turtles. The eggs were founded by Mexican navy and Profepa inspectors on a patrol of Mexiquillo and Barra Turpina beaches and then were incubated in the Mexican Turtle Centre.

The navy carries out regular patrols on beaches to ensure the safety of turtle nests and to encourage among younger people a culture of protecting the turtles.

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5. The USA: Suspected turtle thief caught on camera
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd January 2016

A woman was caught on camera stealing a pair of turtles from a pet store in Phoenix on the 21st of January 2016. The stolen turtles were Ornate wood turtles (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima). The shop owner said that these ones have more vivid coloration, more yellows and reds so they pop a little more and they're more sought after for their colours while he is not sure if he will get the turtles back he would like to see the thief busted.

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Stolen turtle in the USA


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