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20-year-old sea turtle found dead in mangroves near Saphan Hin

Nov 12. 2018
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By The Thaiger

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A headless green sea turtle, more than 20 years old, has been found dead under a rock in the mangrove forest area behind the Phuket incinerator, near Saphan Hin.

Officials at the Phuket Marine Biology Centre (PMBC) were notified by locals on Sunday night that the sea turtle had been found dead amongst the mangroves at the back of the incinerator.

Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived to find the rotting, headless body of the sea turtle stuck under a rock in amongst the mangrove reserve. 

It is believed the turtle died at least five days before the body was found. 

The remains were taken to the PMBC for examination.

Security guards from the Phuket incinerator told rescue workers that locals had been searching for fish when they found the dead turtle. 

They believe the turtle might have got itself stuck in a fishing net and was then washed ashore by waves and strong easterly winds.

A veterinarian at the PMBC said the animal was a green sea turtle probably aged more than 20, and weighing about 80-90 kilograms.

Source: thethaiger.com

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