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Phuket: Two injured turtles rescued, dolphin dies

PHUKET: The Phuket Marine Biological Center had a busy weekend, after staff rescued two injured turtles and discovered a dead dolphin in different parts of the island.

By Prapaporn Jitmaneeyaphan

Monday 7 October 2013, 04:48PM

An injured male Olive Ridley sea turtle, aged between 15 and 20 years old, was washed up on Patong Beach on Saturday (October 5) around 10pm, after its front left flipper was cut off by a boat propeller.

The following day on Sunday (October 6), another injured turtle was found washed up on Nai Harn beach, with both her front flippers cut off after being tangled in a seine fishing net.

Both were taken to the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC)

Chief of the Marine Endangered Species Unit at the PMBC, Dr Kongkiat Kittiwatthanawong, told The Phuket News the turtle found at Nai Harn was washed ashore in strong waves.

“She washed up on the shore because her two front flippers were cut off, and she could not swim well.

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“Both turtles are not out of danger yet, and we have to take special care of them.”

Then this morning at around 10am, staff were called to the Sirinart Marine National Park, on the island’s northwest coast, following a report of a dead dolphin.

The striped male dolphin was aged around 20 years old. The dolphin’s body was taken to the PMBC, where staff will perform an autopsy to find out the cause of death.




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