Kindly help us report a stranded pawikan (sea turtle), located in Luna, Bongabong Oriental Mindoro. TAG details (PH1100G / PCP PAWS DENR / QC PHIL 1100)

The said Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea was badly hit by a boat propeller of a bigger boat. Internal organs were badly exposed to foreign matter. Loss of blood and infection may cause the animal’s death.

Sources: Yani Malaluan Facebook and Nilo Ramoso Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Brunei: 4th turtle found dead in Tungku beach
By Izzan Kassim, 28th April 2014;

A turtle and a jellyfish were found dead on the shores of Tungku Beach yesterday, joining the decomposing carcass of an unidentified sea animal believed to be a dugong.

The turtle was found dead near the entrance of the beach, where children could be seen playing in the water nearby.

This is the fourth time a turtle had been found dead this month after Meragang Beach reported three dead turtles. A previous report had stated that officers were only able to recover the remains of two of the turtles earlier this month.

Several metres away from the carcass at Tungku Beach, The Brunei Times spotted a jellyfish that had been washed ashore.

Meanwhile, the unidentified sea animal was still at the beach, two weeks after it was first sighted.

Much of its flesh had disappeared leaving behind the bones. A piece of wood was placed over the carcass to prevent people from accidentally stepping on the animal.

An officer from the Wildlife Division previously said Brunei does not have a mammal expert to identify the sea animal. The Wildlife Division could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In an interview, a beachgoer said the litter problem at the beach could be the cause of the unidentified sea animal’s death.

A kayak operator at the beach said people usually leave their rubbish behind because there are no rubbish bins.

The New Straits Times had also recently reported the discovery of two decomposed Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) carcasses at Tanjung Purun beach in Labuan. The carcasses of four sea turtles were also found floating in Sabah’s east coast.

Source: The Brunei Times

Lumpy Rock Crab (Euxanthus exsculptus)
Terumbu Raya, 1st February 2014

Sad News

This photo, along with several others, has been going viral on Instagram and Facebook pages. Another turtle has ended up dead at Tungku, this time with its head intact. This is very sad.

We are not sure if it is a Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) or a Green (Chelonia mydas). Who else spotted this?

Please share this to raise awareness!

Reasons why the turtle died:

  1. Died naturally and got washed up
  2. Stranded and died
  3. Dozens of turtles have been reported killed of the coast of Sabah and this could be one of the dead ones
  4. Dogs attacked it (but this might not be relevant here as the head is still intact)
  5. Ate plastic thrown by us people and it died as it thought it might be a jellyfish
  6. Perhaps increased activity by companies in Northern Brunei that result in chemicals or food depletion or boat accidents
  7. Aliens

What do you think?

Whatever the reason, we need this to be shared around and raise awareness. Sigh.

Thank you to ‘Jordon’ for the photo.

This is the 8th turtle found dead, the 3rd on Tungku and recently there was a dead Dugong (Dugong dugon) too on Tungku.

For proper animal complaints, contact the Wildlife Division and report illegal activities to them.

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

This carcass was subsequently identified as a Green Turtle.