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No. 90, 26th July 2013

1. Binh Dinh, Vietnam: 110 rare, precious turtles returned to the sea
Follow-up Bulletin No. 83

DATE: 22nd July, 2013

Mr Nguyen Van Minh, head of the volunteer turtle protection team in Nhon Hai commune, Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province, reported that 110 hatchlings had hatched and made their way to the ocean in the afternoon of the 22nd of July. He said that each hatchling measured approximately 8 cm in length and 5 cm in width. This clutch of 120 eggs was laid by a turtle coming onshore in the early morning of the 3rd of June. 10 eggs in this particular nest did not hatch. Most hatchlings were able to break the shell by themselves and those that couldn't hatch on their own received some help from the volunteers who dug down to the nest and helped them. There are two sites in Quy Nhon city where turtles often come onshore to lay eggs: Hai Giang beach (Nhon Hai commune) and Hon Kho island (Nhon Ly commune). For both nesting sites volunteer teams were established to protect marine turtles. Tasks of the volunteers include observing nesting turtles and ensuring the safety of turtles coming onshore, protecting the nests and the hatchlings as well as raising awareness and educating people about the conservation of sea turtles.

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2. Binh Dinh, Vietnam: 59 sea turtles hatched, returned to the sea

DATE: 28th July, 2013

In the night of the 26th of July, 59 sea turtles from a nest on Ngoi beach (Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province) have successfully hatched and made their way to the ocean. In total there were 65 eggs in the clutch (nest) but 5 eggs were damaged and one hatchling crushed. This is the second nest from which the sea turtle eggs have successfully hatched on Ngoi Beach. The first nest with 110 hatchlings out of 120 eggs had already hatched earlier in the week. As yet 170 sea turtle hatchlings have emerged on Ngoi beach this year.

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3. Ocepechelon: Giant Prehistoric Sea Turtle from Morocco

SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd July, 2013

Paleontologists have described a new extinct genus and species of sea turtle that lived in shallow seas about 67 million years ago during Late Cretaceous. The newly discovered turtle, named Ocepechelon bouyai, is one of the biggest marine turtles that ever lived on Earth, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLoS ONE. Ocepechelon is known from an almost complete 28-inch-long (70 cm) skull found in Sidi Chennane area in Morocco's Khouribga Province. Its striking anatomy suggests the turtle was adapted for suction feeding, never seen in known turtles. Ocepechelon shares interesting resemblances with beaked whales. They also share similarities on their feeding apparatus: elongated jaws and a small gape. The snout diameter shows that Ocepechelon was a small-prey hunter and may have fed on small fishes, cephalopods and jellyfishes.

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4. Vietnam: 40 endangered species recognized on website

SOURCE: – DATE: 25th July, 2013

On the 25th of July Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) announced that they will create an online species identification website. ENV has identified 40 critically endangered species that are most commonly seen in cases of illegal hunting, wildlife trafficking and the illegal pet trade. Species on this list include langurs, bears, pangolins, the binturong (Arctictis binturong), the elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata), king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), large Indian civet (Viverra zibetha), Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis) and many other species. These species will also be added to the list of species which need further protection in Vietnam.
The website is designed to help people recognizing and identifying endangered species and to notify ENV's wildlife crime hotline as soon as possible. The website will also be a useful resource for ENV's 3800 volunteers in 32 provinces of Vietnam assisting them in their task of protecting wildlife. According to Mr Tran Viet Hung, Vice Director of ENV, hundreds, or even thousands, of wild animals are hunted from their natural habitat every day for the purpose of wildlife consumption, the pet trade and traditional medicine. The estimated value from animal trafficking reaches tens of billions of USD per year, ranking second below drugs.

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