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Penang releases rescued Olive Ridley turtle

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Penang releases rescued Olive Ridley turtle

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:02 pm

GEORGE TOWN: An Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and a terrapin were released into the sea after being “nursed” back to health.

The marine reptiles were set free on the pristine beach of Pantai Kerachut at the north-west tip of the island, where the State Fisheries Department’s turtle sanctuary is located.

According to the department’s licensing and resource protection officer Mansor Yobe, the turtle was trapped in a fishing net off Sungai Udang waters near Nibong Tebal last November.

“The net had almost cut off the turtle’s left hind leg when the fisherman brought it to us. We kept it in a small tank at the fisheries department’s office in Pantai Kerachut and rehabilitated it back to health.”

The 16kg turtle, with its heart-shaped carapace measuring 21cm, was taken out into the sea at about 6.50pm.

Also present were Universiti Sains Malaysia students and lecturers, and officers from the state Wildlife and National Parks Department.

The 22kg painted terrapin was of a similar size as the Olive Ridley turtle.

According to Mansor, the terrapin was found trapped in mud on the shores of Sungai Semilang, Juru, near Bukit Mertajam on Feb 7.

“We retrieved the terrapin following a tip-off from a fisherman.”

Mansor advised the public to inform the fisheries department (04-6572777) if they came across any turtles, which are trapped or injured.

The department had also released a Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and a Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) in July and November last year.
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