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.....