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No. 256, 14th October 2016

turtle confiscation


1. Vietnam: 18 turtles confiscated in Nghe An province
SOURCE: – DATE: 13th October 2016

On the 13th of October 2016, the Police of Nghi Loc district, Nghe An province stopped a coach that had been travelling on highway 1A, upon inspection the police detected 18 turtles. The turtles were marked with number on their carapace. The driver named Nguyen Thang failed to show documents proving the origin of these turtles. The turtles have been handed over to the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Pu Mat National Park.

ATP NOTE: the turtles appear to be Indochinese Box Turtles (Cuora galbinifrons), Bourret's Box Turtles (Coura bourreti) and Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotti). Cuora galbinifrons is now protected under national law Decree 160/2013. Support is being given by the ATP in caring for these animals.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

2. Vietnam: Large turtle found in Nghe An province
SOURCE: – DATE: 13th October 2016

On the 12th of October 2016, after hearing dog’s barking sound, a man named Nguyen Tien Dung (resident in Nghe An province, Vietnam) checked and found a large turtle near his house. The turtle was 13.5 kg in weight and 70cm in length. It appeared to be a Yellow-headed Pond Turtle (Heosemys annandalii). Curious about the turtle, many people have come to Mr. Dung’s house to see it, some were willing to buy it at a high price (VND 80,000,000, equivalent to $US 3,594). However, Mr. Dung turned down all offers and decided to release it back to the nature at the area of Dong Danh dam with the witness of local villagers in the afternoon of that day.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

13.5kg turtle found in Nghe An

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hurricane destroyed turtle nests


3. The USA: Hurricane Matthew destroys 800 turtle nests near West Palm Beach
SOURCE: – DATE: 12th October 2016

Wildlife officials say Hurricane Matthew destroyed some 800 sea turtle nests in northern Palm Beach County (Florida, the USA) as it skirted up Florida's Atlantic coastline.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center data manager Sarah Hirsch tells the Palm Beach Post   that the impact was minimal because it's been a record-breaking year for nesting. She says some 15,000 nests had already hatched along the 10-mile stretch of beach monitored by the facility before last week's storm. But 63 percent of the 1,200 nests - most of the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) nests - that had not yet hatched were lost to the hurricane.

Link to this web article online (English)


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