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Large turtle found dead at Kamala Beach

PHUKET: Marine wildlife experts have yet to determine what killed a large turtle found dead on Kamala Beach on Friday (Aug 19).

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 22 August 2016, 02:10PM


Local residents called Kusoldharm rescue workers in Patong after finding the turtle’s remain washed up on the beach at 10:30am.

The remains were taken to Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC), where experts at the Rare Sea Animal Division are working on determining the animal’s cause of death.

“The turtle was an Olive Ridley sea turtle, about 10-15 years. It weighed about 17.5 kilogrammes,” said Dr Patcharaporn Gaewmong, a veterinarian at the PMBC.

“There were no wounds or injuries on turtle’s body, and we believe the turtle died about two to three days before it washed ashore.

“We are working on what caused the turtle’s death. Due to the condition of the remains, it is proving very difficult to figure this out,” she said.

 

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

 

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Ed Sanders | 23 August 2016 - 02:11:16

I hope they let us know how much plastic this poor thing has eaten, as it is well known that Thailand produces an inordinate amount of the world's ocean-borne plastic pollution.  But then again, knowing typical Thai official responses, they won't provide the PMBC results, but we will hear that the turtle died happily of old age and that he was healthy and not the least bit affected by plastic and/or disgusting water pollution.

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Kurt | 22 August 2016 - 15:12:53

Poor turtle, well we know turtles can become very old.
But once a body failure/disease strikes them they die very quick.
To mention that it will be hard to determine of what the turtle did die is a bit premature before a lab analyse  is done.
Such take many weeks in Thailand.

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