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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 9, 10th December 2011
1. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station received seven Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)
SOURCE: phatluattp.vn- DATE: 6th December 2011
On the 5 th of December 2011, the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam received seven Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) that were confiscated from the illegal trade in Ho Chi Minh City. The Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle listed in Category IB of the Red Data Book of Vietnam. Under national law “no exploitation and use” of the species is allowed. It is believed that these confiscated turtles were captured at sea and then transported for sale. Currently, the Wildlife Rescue Station is taking care of the rescued turtles before releasing them back to the sea.
2. Hanoi city, Vietnam. The Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) seen basking or possibly tries to escape from the polluted water
SOURCE: vietnamnet.vn- DATE: 6th December 2011
On December 5, 2011, the Hoan Kiem turtle in central Hanoi, Vietnam, was seen climbing up the edge of the lake to bask in the sun for a period of five minutes and then swam towards the Turtle Tower. A lot of spectators gathered to observe the rare turtle as this is the third time that it emerged on the lake's surface recently. The question whether the Hoan Kiem turtle is emerging more frequently recently due to the lake's polluted water is being increasingly stressed. Litter can clearly be seen in some of the photos which suggest lake management is not doing all they can to maintain a clean lake environment as has been stressed during previous workshops for the turtle.
In the morning of December 11, 2011, the Hoan Kiem turtle was observed again emerging on the surface of the Hoan Kiem lake. It is the twelfth time in the last two months the turtle has been observed, according to Dr. Ha Dinh Duc, a professor at Hanoi University of Science.Link to this follow up article (Vietnamese)