Latest green turtle death brings toll to 11

Sad affair: Terengganu State Fisheries Department staff burying the turtle carcass that was found at Kelulut Beach.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Another carcass of an adult female green turtle has been found in Pantai Kelulut near Marang.

State Fisheries Department director Ruzaidi Mamat said the find in Terengganu was increasingly worrying as this was the 11th turtle death recorded this month alone.

The dead turtle was found in a state of decay and might have died three or four days ago, believed to be due to plastic ingestion.

“The carcass, measuring about a metre in length and width has been buried in the area where it was found,” Ruzaidi told Bernama.

On Saturday, the carcass of an adult green turtle was found floating in the waters off Pulau Kapas in Marang at 11am, believed to have drowned after being trapped in a fisherman’s net.

Plastic was found lodged in the turtle carcass’ mouth. — BernamaPlastic was found lodged in the turtle carcass’ mouth. — Bernama

Syed Afif Hakimi Tengku Abdillah, 37, who found the carcass while walking along Pantai Kelulut, said it was saddening to know that the number of turtle deaths has been on the rise lately.

“The turtle is an icon of Terengganu.

“Visitors come to this state because they want to see for themselves these pre-historic reptiles. What is left for the young generation if the turtles become extinct?” said the civil servant.

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