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No. 262, 25th November 2016

1. Taiwan: Protected turtles seized from Taiwanese vessel on route to China
SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd November 2016

1,149 endangered Yellow-margined Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata) were confiscated 30 nautical miles of the coast of Taiwan on the 22nd November 2016.

The turtles were handed over to National Chung Hsing University (Taichung, Taiwan).

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turtle confiscation

© Coast Guard Administration

turtle with one lung

© New England Aquarium

2. The USA: Aquarium discovers a rescued sea turtle with only 1 lung
SOURCE: – DATE: 19th November 2016

The New England Aquarium (Boston, Massachusetts, the USA) says it has discovered a rescued sea turtle only has one lung.

The aquarium said being born with one lung is an extremely rare medical condition for a vertebrate, and this turtle dramatically defied the odds to live this long. It says the turtle is 2 to 3 years old and will hopefully be released back into the ocean eventually.

The Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital placed the turtle in its high-tech imaging tunnel, which confirmed that the turtle lacked a right lung.

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3. The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis: Prince Harry face to face with nature on latest leg of Caribbean jaunt
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd November 2016

Prince Harry will inspect turtle nests on a beach when he arrives in St Kitts and Nevis on the 23rd November 2016 for the second leg of his Caribbean tour

Harry will meet volunteers who work every night on the beaches along the Nevis shore, tagging sea turtles and collecting information about their nesting habits and movements for a conservation project.

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prince Harry learn about turtle


turtle hatchery


4. Malaysia: Turtle hatchery releases 5,000th batch of hatchlings
SOURCE: – DATE: 25th November 2016

A turtle hatchery at Pulau Mabul, Malaysia near the diving haven of Sipadan is celebrating a milestone with the release of the 5,000th batch of hatchlings recently.

The eggs were collected from 66 turtle nests and brought to the hatchery run by dive operator Scuba Junkie and the Sabah Wildlife Department.

Wildlife Department officer Mohd Soffian Abu Bakar said the hatchery’s milestone was remarkable, given the declining numbers of sea turtles worldwide.

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