Philippines: Dead Sea Turtle found in Cadiz
By Marchel P. Espina, 17th January 2017;
A dead Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) has been washed ashore in Cadiz City in Negros Occidental Monday morning.
Edgardo Rostata, chief of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Cadiz City, said the Sea Turtle, locally known as “pawikan”, was found by a resident at Purok Villa Consing in Barangay Zone 4 around 7:30 a.m.
He said they have yet to determine how the Sea Turtle died, adding that it was already in a state of decomposition when it was found.
It was then buried near the area by personnel of the City Agriculture Office, he said.
The Sea Turtle was also injured on its left fin, Rostata said.
He said the endangered animal, which has a width of 64 centimeter, could have been dead for two days already before it washed ashore.
No markings were found on the animal.
Investigation of the incident is still ongoing, Rostata said.
Earlier this morning, a decomposing Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) carcass was found washed ashore in San Vicente Ferrer, Silway, General Santos City. For incidents like this, please contact CENRO or Environmental Conservation and Protection Center.
The Turtle’s front left flipper had been virtually ripped off.
Rescue workers help transport the injured Turtle to the Marine Biology Centre.
Photos: Eakkapop Thongtub
Thailand: Injured sea turtle found washed up on Phuket beach
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 7th July 2016;
An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) of an unknown age and sex was found washed up on Karon Beach yesterday afternoon (July 6) with one of its flippers badly slashed. Marine biology officials have said they believe the flipper was damaged by a fishing net.
Officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) at Cape Panwa were informed at 4pm by Petty Officer 1st class Jirasak Chugaung of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command that the lifeguard team at Karon Beach had found an injured turtle washed up on the beach.
Mr Jirasak said, “The Turtle was injured but it still alive. Kusoldharm rescue workers and officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre came to the beach and helped transport it to the centre.
"Marine Officials said that the injured Turtle found was an Olive Ridley weighing about 50 kilograms. Its front left flipper was nearly broken off and there were scratches and wounds all over its body. The officials said that the injuries probably came from fishing nets. They believe the Turtle got trapped in the fishing net and it injured itself whilst trying to escape. Officials were not able to say the sex or age of the turtle,” he said.
“However, the Marine Endangered Species Unit at PMBC are treating the injured Turtle, and I was told it will recover fully from its injuries and once this has happened they will release it back into the sea,” he added.
An Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) was found dead near the mangrove area in Poblacion, Glan, Sarangani Province on December 05 (Saturday). The turtle has a cut near in its left hind flipper but the cause of which is yet unknown.
Thailand: Shores awash with injured sea turtles
By Kritsada Mueanghawong & Winai Sarot, 18th September 2015;
Four Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) were found injured on Kamala and Bang Tao Beaches within a 48 hour period this week.
All four turtles were in very weak condition, confirmed Patcharaporn Gaewmong, a Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) veterinarian.
“Three of the turtles had severed flippers,” Ms Patcharaporn said.
Experts believe that the turtles were caught in fishing nets and lost their flippers while trying to escape.
“If the waves were mild they would be able to survive in the sea. However, with strong waves like these, they cannot swim well enough with only three flippers,” Ms Patcharaporn added.
According to the PMBC, there have been more than ten injured sea turtles stranded on Phuket’s beaches during this monsoon season, most of them either had severed flippers or were ill from eating plastic bags and rubbish.
“People must stop throwing rubbish into the sea and all fishermen need to be careful with their fishing nets. If you catch a turtle, please carefully release them from the net,” said Ms Patcharaporn. “If they have serious injuries, please call us instead of releasing them back into the sea, so that we can help them.”
Earlier this week, a dolphin died as the PMBC attempted to transport it to their facilities. PMBC staff believe that the dolphin had eaten a plastic bag, ultimately leading to its death