KUALA TERENGGANU – An injured female adult green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) was found stranded on the beach by a licensed turtle egg collector in Rantau Abang near Dungun yesterday morning.
Rantau Abang Fisheries Research Institute’s Marine Mammal Branch chief Mohd Tamimi Ali Ahmad, said he received a report from a resort operator in Rantau Abang about a sick turtle stranded on the beach on Saturday.
“However, when we arrived there the turtle was gone, possibly went back to the sea. Then, yesterday morning, a licensed egg collector Yusuf Harun, 58, found the turtle covered in the sand at Rantau Abang beach.
“He initially assumed that the turtle was dead, but after digging to find the turtle head, the animal began to breathe, and he then alerted the Turtle Information centre personnel to contact us to enable the rescue process to take place,” he said to Bernama today.
Four members of the Endangered Marine Species Rescue Team were immediately dispatched to the site and found the turtle, estimated to be about 20 years old, has suffered two injuries believed to have been caused by a speedboat engine propeller.
“The turtle is very thin, weak and starving and we will arrange rehabilitation treatment in collaboration with the Johor Veterinary Services Department as soon as possible,” he said. – BERNAMA