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Empty shell evidence of turtle’s slow death in a fish trap

Jul 08. 2019
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By The Nation

The shell of a large green sea turtle was found in an illegal fish trap underwater off Krabi’s Koh Samed on Monday morning, indicating the animal had died there and its torso decomposed over a significant period of time.

Officials of Haad Nopparat Tharap Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park hauled the three-metre-long trap to the surface using a specialised air-lift bag.

The shell will be analysed at the Phuket Marine Biology Centre to determine the turtle’s age.

Scuba diving teacher Paranya Phantajitr told park officials that a foreign friend had noticed the shell inside the trap and she went to confirm the grim find. She was unable to raise the trap herself.

A foreign diver had earlier posted pictures on Facebook of a dead turtle inside a fish trap on a coral reef near Koh Samed.

He posted that he’d informed park officials about it but no action was taken.

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