The carcass of a Sea Turtle was discovered at the Changi Beach on Monday morning (Jan 2).
Photos: Chandran V. R.

Mangled Sea Turtle found along Changi Beach
3rd January 2017;

The mangled carcass of a Sea Turtle was discovered at Changi Beach on Monday morning (Jan 2). The metre-long Turtle was found with its shell sliced open.

“I was jogging in between the beach and the jogging track, and the stench caught my attention,” said Mr Chandran V. R., who shared photos of the grisly find. “There was a very big gash on the Turtle that was probably caused by a propeller. It was probably dead for at least one or two days.”

Mr Chandran added: “It is very sad to see such a graceful and rare giant Turtle lay dead on our shores. We can learn from (the incident).”

“I hope more can be done (in terms of raising awareness) to avoid such tragedies in future, especially for our endangered animals,“ he said.

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said it received feedback about the Sea Turtle at Changi Beach and alerted the National Environment Agency to clear the carcass.

Mr Stephen Beng, chairman of the Singapore Nature Society’s Marine Conservation Group, told the AFP that the creature appeared to be a female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), which the environmental group WWF has classified as endangered.

"From the injury scars, it most definitely was a boat strike. The propeller mark was likely from a large one and it seems the turtle was making a dash for cover,” Mr Beng said.

He highlighted that marine animals are at risk from boats because Singapore is one of the world’s busiest ports and its shipping lanes “bisect the longer coastal beaches of our main island from the richer coral reefs of our southern islands”.

Mr Beng urged boat crew to be vigilant to avoid hitting wildlife and said they should ideally maintain a distance of 50 metres and slow down when animals are sighted.

Source: Channel NewsAsia

The Sea Turtle was believed to have been cut by a ship propeller. 
Photos: Chandran V. R.

Badly cut 1m-long Sea Turtle found dead along Changi Beach
By Lydia Lam, 2nd January 2017;

A Sea Turtle more than a metre long was found dead along Changi Beach on Monday (Jan 2), believed to have been cut by a ship propeller.

ST reader Chandran V. R. told The Straits Times that he had been jogging at about 8.30am when he saw the carcass from a distance.

“At first I thought – how come this bulky item is there. Initially I didn’t know what it was,” said the 46-year-old managing director of a real estate agency.

He had been jogging along the Casuarina Cove Trail, near the Changi Ferry Terminal, when he noticed a bad smell.

Mr Chandran went closer and saw a dead Turtle, more than a metre long, on the sand.

“It looked like it had been dead for at least two to three days,” he said.

He then contacted the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), as he “didn’t want anyone to disrespect this carcass”.

“It is a beautiful creature which got into trouble and lay dead on our shores. I just wanted the carcass to be discarded respectfully,” said Mr Chandran.

He added that he believes AVA has retrieved the carcass, based on location markers he sent to them.

“You don’t usually get to see a Turtle of that size in Singapore waters,” he said.

The Straits Times has contacted AVA for more information.

Ms Anbarasi Boopal, deputy chief executive of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), expressed dismay at the Turtle’s death.

She told The Straits Times that Acres had previously rescued an injured Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) which was also possibly hit by a propeller.

It was rehabilitated and released back to the wild.

A Dolphin (Sousa chinensis) carcass washed up on a beach at East Coast Park in July last year (2016).

A year before that (July 2015), a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) carcass was found off Jurong Island, and its skeleton put up for exhibition at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in March last year (2016).

Source: The Straits Times

Based on the size of the carcass, this is probably a Green Turtle (Chelonia midas).

Sadly added Whale 52 and 53 to the museums collection today. She was pregnant. Exact cause of death unknown. There was propeller strike wounds and pregnancy complications. Two less Dwarf Sperm Whales (Kogia sima) in the ocean.

Source: D’ Bone Collector Museum Facebook

Photos: Seub Nakasathain Foundation

Thailand: Last Dugong in Gulf of Thailand found dead
1st December 2016;

A male Dugong (Dugong dugon), believed to be the only remaning Dugong in the Gulf of Thailand, was found dead in the sea of Rayong province last week, according to today’s report.

The dead Dugong was found on Nov. 25, only two days after a dead Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) was found near the Lamchabang Pier in Chonburi.

The male Dugong was bruised and bloody along his body, indicating a collision before death, according to Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center of the Eastern Gulf of Thailand.

The research center revealed that there were previously a couple of Dugongs living along the coast of Rayong to Chanthaburi. Last year, there was a rumor that one of them was dead and sold on the black market. Therefore, this means the dead Dugong found last week could have been the last one on the eastern coast.

Polluted oceans endanger their lives but Dugongs are also hunted for their bones, which are used to make amulets, just like Elephant ivory and Rhino horn.

Seub Nakasathain Foundation’s website reported that the Dugong was given code DU-391, which means that during the past 30 years, Thailand has lost 391 Dugongs.

There is some hope though, according to aquatic veterinarian Poommate Chomchat of the research center. Dugongs leave a unique trail by chewing through seagrass, their main source of food. Experts hope they will find out there are still Dugongs in the Thai sea by seeing patterns in the seagrass, Khaosod reported.

“We want to believe so,” he said.

Poommate hopes that there are living Dugongs in the central and southern parts of the Gulf of Thailand. He believes conserving the natural seagrass will make the Dugongs return.

Source: Coconuts Bangkok

Giant Sea Turtle found dead at the shoreline of San Fernando, Masbate. It is suspected to have been accidentally hit by a propeller of a large marine vessel passing through Ticao Pass. Thanks to my Office staff (Noel Bergantin and Ryan Lovendino), to MFARMC, Bantay Dagat and Amador Lino for their efforts in burying said marine specie.

Source: Municipal Agriculturist Facebook

An endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) was found dead in San Fernando, Masbate yesterday. “It is suspected to have been accidentally hit by a propeller of a large marine vessel passing through Ticao Pass.”

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photo: Marketa Olmerova & Oldrich Olmer, on Marthen Welly Facebook

Indonesia: Two Whale Sharks stranded on Nusa Penida coast
4th July 2016;

Two Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) were found stranded on the shore of Nusa Penida Island, which is administratively a part of Bali, despite being completely separate from the island of God.

“The Whale Sharks were stranded due to severe injuries inflicted by the propeller blades of a boat that crossed their path,” Yudi Permana from the Coast and Sea Resources Management Hall stated in Denpasar on Monday.

Based on initial analysis, the wounds on the bodies of the Sharks are rather large, raising the suspicion of them being possibly hit by a propeller blade.

A verification team had visited the scene and had held a meeting with local public figures, authorities, and tourism stakeholders in Nusa Penida.

The meeting involved representatives from the Lembongan Marine Association, dive operators, the Technical Executive Unit of the Nusa Penida Water Reservoir, as well as the Coral Triangle Center.

The meeting was held to uncover the chronology of the incident and to establish preventive measures to avoid similar incidents from recurring in future.

Both Whale Sharks suffered wounds on their head, pectoral fin, and tail.

“The wounds indicate that they were struck by the propeller blades of a boat,” remarked Yudi.

Hence, Yudi believes that special legal and regulatory measures should be implemented in Nusa Penida as the areas tourism sector had grown at a rapid pace.

Moreover, divers and dive operators are required to abide by the diving ethics, including those related to interaction with sea creatures.

Source: Antara

Photo: Marketa Olmerova & Oldrich Olmer, on Marthen Welly Facebook

Indonesia: Boat propellers cause of injury to two Whale Sharks stranded off Bali
4th July 2016;

Propellers from a ship used by tourists may have been the cause of severe wounds on two Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus) recently washed ashore in Bali.

The Bali Office for Marine, Coastal & Resources Management (BPSPL) said Monday it has studied the wounds found on the two Sharks now stranded on the shore of Nusa Penida island, a resort area in Bali popular for water sports.

The Sharks may have collided with a tourist boat, Yudi Permana of BPSPL said, citing the result of discussions with local figures, representatives from the tourism sector including diving operators in Nusa Penida, as well as the Lembongan Marine Association, the local unit of the Water Conversation Area and the Coral Triangle Center.

The two Sharks suffered wounds on their upper body, chest, rear area and tails, Yudi said.

Source: Jakarta Post

Photo: Marketa Olmerova & Oldrich Olmer, on Marthen Welly Facebook

Indonesia: Divers spot badly injured Whale Shark in Bali
By Ratri M. Siniwi, 1st July 2016;

The authorities are trying to locate a badly injured Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) that was spotted by divers in the Nusa Penida marine conservation area in Bali earlier this week.

A picture of the Shark was circulated on various social media sites after tourist divers Marketa Olmerova and Oldrich Olmer found the giant fish swimming slowly and bleeding heavily on Wednesday (29/06).

The two divers noticed five cuts around the Shark’s fins and abdomen, presumably caused by a speedboat propeller. They reported their discovery to dive operator and marine foundation Coral Triangle Center (CTC), which is located on Nusa Penida.

The news also caught the attention of the Klungklung district’s Marine and Fisheries Agency, as well as the Denpasar Center for Coastal and Marine Resources (BPSPL), which prompted the authorities and the CTC to launch an attempt at rescuing the severely injured fish, as reported by environmental news outlet Mongabay Indonesia.

“Yesterday we found a Whale Shark, but it was not the injured one. It is still on the loose,” the CTC’s Nusa Penida coordinator Wira Sanjaya said on Friday. “We are currently monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and cooperating with veterinarians for medical treatment.”

According to Wira, they have issued a code of conduct for divers and boat operators to ensure proper handling of such situations in future.

“The Whale Shark is still a baby, so we’re afraid it won’t be able to survive,” Marthen Welly of the CTC’s Learning Site Center told Mongabay.

There are usually several Whale Shark present in the Nusa Penida area during this time of year, coinciding with their annual migration. Whale Shark were also spotted in Gorontalo and Sulawesi since last month, state-run Antara news agency reported.

The Sharks are a protected species in Indonesia and the authorities are looking at the establishment of a public education program to promote conservation efforts.

Source: Jakarta Globe

  1. This is the deepest of two gash injuries suffered by the Turtle. This cut went through the shell, skin, fat and muscle.
  2. Here, you can see both gashes quite clearly. The gash on the left seems to have only pierced the shell, while the one on the right is much deeper, and could prove fatal.
  3. A full shot of our patient.
  4. The Turtle was having trouble breathing, which was a great cause for concern.
  5. You can see how deep is the cut into the Turtle, as it cut through a significant depth into its shoulder muscles.
  6. This is not the typical Field Dress uniform, but as CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA was in-transit at the time he received the assistance call, between two events (both requiring Service Blue-Alpha), we understand. — with Randall Parker.
  7. One of the Wildlife Sanctuary personnel evaluates the Turtle’s injuries.

Today was another busy day for the 609th Squadron.

In between attending the Oath Taking & Governance Take Over Ceremony For the Municipality of Malay, and while traveling to the 609.1 Division Meeting, DDAS-Operations CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA received an urgent text message from DENR regarding an endangered “Pawikan (Sea Turtle) with a fatal wound on its carapace (shell).”

This Turtle, with two deep gashes to its shell, was discovered in the Station Three area of Boracay by the crew of one of the local activities boats, who had seen it struggling (Apparently, based on its injuries, it was the victim of a run-in with a speed boat). The crew gave the injured Turtle to PNP officers at the outpost located in front of Nagisa Coffee Shop.

Said officers contacted BTAC who, in turn, contacted DENR-Kalibo. Their marine officer happened to be in Boracay already, and he contacted CDR PARKER for assistance.

Upon meeting-up and examining the Turtle, both the DENR Official and CDR PARKER transported the injured animal to Boracay’s Wildlife Sanctuary for inspection and treatment.

While it was determined to be unlikely that the injured Turtle would survive, due to breathing difficulties and its severe injuries, personnel from Wildlife administered antibiotics, stabilized the shell, and stitched the Turtle’s injuries.

As of this time, the status of the Turtle is unknown to us, but we will update, if we hear anything.

If you encounter Sea Turtles, please be mindful of their endangered status. If you should find any of these animals in distress, please contact DENR, PCG, PCGA or PNP for assistance.

Thank you!

UPDATE: As of approximately 9:00am, this morning, we were informed by DENR that the Sea Turtle succombed to its injuries.

Source: Philippines Coast Guard Auxilliary Squadron 609 Boracay Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Unfortunately, THIS VIDEO IS VERY DISTURBING… This week a juvenile Whale Shark was fatally injured by a boat propellor in Nusa Penida, Bali. This is incredibly sad news, however it highlights a very important issue. Unregulated marine tourism in Nusa Penida is having serious impacts on the marine environment. High speed watersports from mass tourism operators such as pontoons as well as boat traffic are not only dangerous in the area but are also damaging marine life.

This video was taken by tourists Marketa Olmerova & Oldrich Olmer at Buyuk, Nusa Penida on 25 July 2016.

Source: Lembongan Marine Association Facebook