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No. 29, 6th May 2012

1. Tra Vinh province, Vietnam. Local man catches an Asiatic soft-shell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea)

DATE: 3rd May, 2012

On the 2nd May Mr. Nguyen Van Vu, a local man from Tra Vinh Province, caught a Asiatic softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea) which is a freshwater turtle that can reach about 1 meter in length and can weigh up to 30kg. He received many offers by people who wanted to buy the turtle. When the article was published he had not decided what to do with the animal.
Asiatic soft-shell turtles (Amyda cartilaginea) are listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and are considered rare.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


2. Da Nang city, Vietnam. Endangered turtle species benefit from the 2012 student training course

DATE: 4th May 2012

Following the annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training Course held in Cuc Phuong National Park in March 2012, one student participant went home and started putting his new knowledge into action- it is Nguyen Thanh Luan from Hue University of Science. When he heard of an person in Cam Le district of Da Nang keeping several turtles, he was able to locate the household where four endangered Chinese striped-neck turtle (Mauremys sinensis) and one Malayan box turtle (Cuora amboinensis) were being kept in a small four meter square tank. Once Luan had explained how the Chinese Striped-necked turtles are increasingly rare in Vietnam, it was agreed that the animals should be transferred to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

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3. Nghe An province, Vietnam. Local man catches a Green Sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

DATE: 5th May, 2012

On May 3rd Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Hien, a local man from the Nghe An Province, caught a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) (ATP NOTE: The online news magazine falsly identified the sea turtle. In fact the man had caught an Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)) which is a marine turtle species that can reach about 60 centimeters in length and can weigh up to 20kg. This species is considered to be very valuable because it has a light carapace. This Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


4. Malaysia: Malaysian authorities seize 555 cobras, 171 turtles destined for dinner tables

DATE: 5th May 2012

In a 4 a.m. raid at a cargo complex some 555 cobras and 171 turtles were found. 'According to the official report, these animals, which were hidden among papayas from northern Kedah state, were being shipped to Hong Kong', saidJamalun Nasir Ibrahim, head of the wildlife and national parks department on Penang Island.

Link to this web article online (English)


5. Turtles are specialists at hearing underwater

DATE: 6th May 2012

Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense and Woods Hole Marine Lab has led an extensive study on how well the middle ear of turtles can detect sounds. He found that turtles are more specialized at hearing underwater because of their a large middle ear. Once out of the water, the animals responded poorly to sounds, with the best heard frequencies at 400-500 Hz and the lowest threshold at 60dB. In water, the best heard frequencies were the same, but the lowest threshold was 80dB. Sounds under water have 30dB less energy, so the results for under-water hearing are even better.

Link to this web article online (English)



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