1. This injured turtle was found on Kamala beach today (Sept 17). Photo: Niruj Phuket
2. A rescue worker and swimmers bring an injured dolphin to the shore of Nai yang beach yesterday. Sadly it died before it could be taken to the Marine Biological Centre. Photos: Ekkapop Thongtub
Additional images from Phuket Wan

Thailand: Storms wash up injured sea animals on Phuket beaches
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 17th September 2015;

The recent storms that have hit Phuket have resulted in two injured turtles and two dolphins, one of which was injured and later died, being washed up on three of the island’s beaches over the last three days.

Although the two turtles and one of the dolphins were rescued, sadly, one injured dolphin died before it could be taken to the Phuket Marine Biology Centre.

One injured turtle was washed up on Kamala beach yesterday (Sept 16) and second today (Sept 17). Both were rescued and taken to the Phuket Marine Biology Centre at Cape Panwa where it announced that they were both Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) that had been injured by discarded fishing nets.

Dr Patcharaporn Kaewmong, a vetarinarian from the Phuket Marine and Coastal Resource Research & Development Institute said, “;The turtle we found today is about 10-15 years old and was very sick and weak when it was found on the beach. We are having its blood checked to see if it has an infection.

"It looks like the turtle has had no food for many days. It kept coming back to shore when rescue workers tried to push it back out to sea. The waves were too strong and the weather conditions, due to tropical storm VAMCO, made it worse.

"We think it got trapped in a fishing net which resulted in a cut to its left flipper. It is a good thing that rescue workers transported it here fast. If they hadn’t it would have died,” Dr Patcharaporn said.

“At this time of year the island has a number of turtles which get washed up on the beach. Some have been injured by fishing nets, while some get sick because they have eaten plastic. Some have also eaten jellyfish which causes them to get a blood infection.

"A young dolphin was washed up at Nai Thon beach yesterday, but lifeguards helped push it back out to sea,” Dr Patcharaporn added.

Kusoldharm rescue workers and Phuket Marine Biology Centre officials were called to Nai Yang beach at 4:20pm yesterday to assist with rescuing a dolphin which had washed up on the beach there.

Rescue workers and swimmers helped bring the dolphin to shore where it was found the dolphin had a fresh wound on its right fin.

The dolphin was said to be a female weighing about 80 kilos and between 1.5-2 metres long. Officials from Phuket Marine Biology Centre gave the dolphin medication before attempting to transport it to the centre. However, it died not long after it had been taken off the beach.

Phuket Marine Biology Centre officials said that they will examine the body of the dolphin to find out the cause of death as this is the second dolphin they have found in the past two months which has been washed up on the beach and has died because it was either sick or injured.“

Source: Phuket News

It is heartbreaking for CURMA to have found a mutilated sea turtle (pawikan) on the coast of San Juan, La Union.

Pawikans abound near coastal regions in preparation for their mating and nesting season which is deemed as from Sept – Jan in the West Philippine Sea. So I hope during these months, fishermen will be careful of their zones and jet skis should not be allowed to ply near the coastal zones.

Source: Regine Tibong Facebook

A decomposing body of an endangered Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) washed ashore in San Juan, La Union yesterday was reported by the conservation group Curma.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Philippines: Turtle rescued in polluted Manila Bay
By Zhander Cayabyab, 23rd August 2015;

A sea turtle or pawikan was rescued by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Pier 13, Port Area, Manila on Saturday afternoon.

According to PCG spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo, PCG personnel were making the rounds in Manila Bay when they spotted the turtle.

The turtle was brought to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City for proper check-up. They will also check whether the animal is wounded or sick, especially since it was found in a polluted area. It will then be released based on the recommendation of experts.

Authorities have yet to determine whether the turtle was washed ashore by huge waves caused by the southwest monsoon (habagat).

Source: ABS-CBN News

This appears to be an Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

Philippines: Sea turtle rescued, released

18th July 2015;

The Davao Light and Power Co. saved and released an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) at the Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City last July 10.

The sea turtle was turned over by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the police authorities to Davao Light’s community relations manager Fermin Edillon last July 4 after it was found weak and injured along the shore of Bucana.

The turtle was then brought to the Cleanergy Park for it to recuperate from its wounds.

The adult turtle, which measured 68 cm. in curve carapace length and 65 cm. in curve carapace width, sustained several wounds on its shell and on its flippers.

According to the physical examination undertaken by the DENR, the pawikan possibly got its wounds from boat propellers.

Sea turtles are usually attracted to the sound of boat propellers causing them to go near and eventually get hit by it.

Six days after it was rescued, the sea turtle laid eggs while in the repository tub. It is believed that it was about to lay eggs but got injured on its way to the land. Hence, the release of the turtle was scheduled just in time as its wounds were already healing.

“This is the second time the Cleanergy Park has housed an Olive Ridley Turtle, which is an indication that the Davao Gulf is still rich in biodiversity. Now, the park is not only known as a nesting place for turtles but also as a place for saved pawikans. Caring for nature is truly rewarding. I am also happy to note that one of the visitors even offered to give voluntary service for his team to do clean-up or tree planting in the park,” Edillon said.

Prior to the release, the mother turtle was tagged with two labels, PH0133J & PH0134J, for it to be recognized once it comes back. Now, it can continue laying its eggs for a new generation of sea turtles.

Source: Sun.Star

Philippines: Sea turtle rescued, released

Rescue workers help transport the injured turtle to the Marine Biology Centre.

Thailand: Injured sea turtle rescued on Phuket beach
An Olive Ridley sea turtle with its flipper slashed was found washed up on Mai Khao Beach yesterday night (July 14). Officials have said that the damaged flipper was caused by a fishing net.
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 15th July 2015;

At 7pm yesterday, Kusoldharm rescue workers and Phuket Marine Biology Centre officials were called to help transport a 5-7-year-old male Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) that had been found washed up on the beach in Tha Chatchai. Its left flipper had been slashed.

An official from the Phuket Marine Biology Centre said, “The wound is fresh and the turtle’s flipper was bleeding when lifeguards found it.

"There were no other injuries found on the turtle but it was very weak due to loss of blood.

"The turtle was given first aid before being placed it a temporary pool with the recently rescued dolphin.”

“Both marine animals will be monitored 24-hours a day,” he said.

One of the lifeguards who discovered the turtle said, “I was walking down the beach monitoring tourists when I saw a wave sweep the turtle onto the beach. When I noticed it was injured I called the Marine Biology Centre.”

A second official from the Marine Biology Centre added, “Having examined the wound, we think the turtle got tangled in a fishing net. Male Olive Ridleys are considered rare in Thailand and we usually only find females.”

The official concluded by saying, “Fishermen need to help us preserve and protect marine animals. If a turtle gets trapped or tangled in a fishing net don’t just cut the net and dump it in sea. Free the turtle from the net.”

“When it come to exotic and rare animals everybody has to help, especially here in Mai Khao beach which is a habitat for all species of sea turtles. Every year many of them will come here to lay their eggs.”

Source: Phuket News

An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle was found with a severed front flipper on Mai Khao Beach yesterday evening. Photos: Thawit Bilabdullar

Thailand: Turtle found on Mai Khao Beach with severed flipper
By Thawit Bilabdullar, 15th July 2015;

An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) was found with a severed front flipper on Mai Khao Beach yesterday evening.

Officers from the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) and rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation went to the scene at about 7pm after being notified of the turtle by a beach guard.

“The front left flipper was severed. We believe the turtle had been caught in a fishing net,” said Dr Rachawadee Jantra of the PMBC.

“We gave it antibiotics on the spot, as well as a salt-water injection, before it was taken to the PMBC.”

Dr Rachawadee explained that the turtle is a male and about 10 years old, the prime reproductive age for turtles of this kind.

“It is rare to find a male, reproductive age turtle washed ashore. We usually find females,” she said.

“Normally, there are more female [about 10] than male [only three or four] hatchlings per clutch [of eggs].”

Dr Rachawadee added that she believes the PMBC will keep the turtle at the center.

“We do not think this turtle can survive in the wild without his flipper, so we will keep him here as a breeder,” she said.

She also urged all local fishermen to free trapped turtles from nets to prevent similar injuries.

“Some fishermen just release the turtle without completely removing the net from its body. We need all fishermen to make sure they remove the net before they free the animal,” she added.

Source: Phuket Gazette

Veterinarians are unsure exactly why the turtle lost its front two flippers. Photos by Kritsada Mueanhawong

Thailand: Maimed sea turtle treated in Phuket
By Kritsada Mueanhawong, 11th July 2015;

A maimed female sea turtle was taken to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) after it was washed ashore on an island off Ranong yesterday morning.

The turtle, still too young to have laid her first eggs, was suffering from infections and exhaustion, Patcharaporn Kaewmong, a veterinarian at the PMBC explained.

“We believe that the turtle lost its limbs when it was caught in a fishing net or sea rubbish – like so many turtles we are taking care of,” Rachawadee Jantra of the (PMBC) told the Phuket Gazette. “Injuries like this really can be from anything that gets fastened around their flippers and prevents them from swimming.”

“If they are unable to make it to the surface to breathe, they will do anything to free themselves… sometimes this leads to them losing a limb.”

The PMBC is currently treating 14 sea turtles that include Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas).

Source: Phuket Gazette