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January 03, 2018 14:22 PM

Two Turtles Stranded At T'ganu Beach Saved By Fisheries Research Institute

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 3 (Bernama) -- The Rantau Abang Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) in Dungun has saved two turtles found stranded by the public in two separate incidents on Monday and Tuesday.

Rantau Abang FRI Marine Mammals branch chief, Mohd Tamimi Ali Ahmad said an Olive Ridley sea turtle was found in frail condition at the beach near the Seberang Takir Fisheries Development Centre in Kuala Nerus on Monday, after being swept to the beach by the strong sea waves.

" The turtle weighing 6.1 kilogramme also sustained injuries to its shell, and was famished.

"A day later, a two-kilogramme Eretmochelys Imbricata or hawksbill sea turtle was found in a pitiful state on the beach near the Marang District Fisheries Office, as its back left flipper had almost come off after getting stuck in a drift net," he told Bernama today.

The two turtles are currently being treated at the Rantau Abang FRI and given a special diet that includes bananas, papayas and palm sugar aimed at restoring lost energy, as well as help restore their digestive system.

Mohd Tamimi, who is also chief of the Endangered Marine Species Rescue Team under the Fisheries Department of Malaysia said apart from the diet, the turtles were also injected with antibiotics to treat internal and external wounds.

He said the monsoon season which currently hit the four peninsular states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor, was also affecting the marine life.

"Huge waves of up to three metres high with wind speeds reaching 40-80 km/hour are not only deadly to humans, but also endangers marine species such as whales, dolphins, dugong (sea cows) and turtles.

"In view of this, I hope those who find any marine life stranded on the beach will immediately alert the Rantau Abang FRI so that these endangered animals can be treated and saved," he said.



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