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2kg of garbage found in dead sea turtle

CHON BURI: More than two kilogrammes of garbage have been retrieved from inside a sea turtle found dead on a beach in Chon Buri province.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 28 November 2022, 03:07PM

The dead sea turtle washed up on Kinnaree beach in Sattahip district of Chon Buri province yesterday (Nov 27). Photo: Sea Turtle Conservation Centre / Facebook

The dead sea turtle washed up on Kinnaree beach in Sattahip district of Chon Buri province yesterday (Nov 27). Photo: Sea Turtle Conservation Centre / Facebook

Veterinarians at the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre examined the 20-year-old female turtle yesterday (Nov 27). They found 100 grammes of fishing net and other rubbish, more than two kilogrammes in total, in its stomach and gut, the centre said on its Facebook post last night.

The garbage also included nylon filament, plastic and small nails, reports the Bangkok Post.

The dead turtle was found washed up on Kinnaree beach yesterday morning and sent to the navy’s turtle conservation centre for examination.

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The centre said it could not determine when the turtle died, but the sea garbage it consumed was the cause of death.

The marine reptile had previously been microchipped and vets were tracking its past movements from the ID number.

The centre did not give the turtle’s weight, saying only that its shell was 90 centimetres wide and 96.5 centimetres long.

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JohnC | 29 November 2022 - 09:10:51

That is so sad. What a great species we humans are. How much longer before we have wiped out all wildlife and the only other species on this planet are those we have "domesticated" to use for our own food. 

christysweet | 29 November 2022 - 01:34:45

The garbage increases exponentially on all paths to migrant camps, Need signage in Myanmar, much like the don't eat dogs notices. One notes cats are left off. 

Capricornball | 28 November 2022 - 17:53:36

So "Officials" were tracking it, but had nothing to say, perhaps because there's a good chance that the tracking equipment doesn't work ala tsunami warning and traffic light systems. Very telling too, that the majority of garbage inside the poor turtle was related to the very people that make their livings from the sea, and have absolutely no respect for it.


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