FIREMEN SAVE RARE TURTLE

En­dan­gered rep­tile with only 3 flip­pers re­leased back to sea

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NUR AQIDAH AZIZI PORT DICK­SON nur@nst.com.my

TSATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

HE 60kg turtle res­cued by firemen at the Tuanku Jaa­far power sta­tion on Thurs­day has been iden­ti­fied as a crit­i­cally en­dan­gered hawksbill sea turtle (Eret­mochelys im­bri­cata).

Port Dick­son Fish­eries De­part­ment head Ashraf Ghaus said: “The beaches here are a favourite for such tur­tles to lay eggs. We be­lieve that most fe­males re­turn here each time they are ready to nest. Not only do they ap­pear on the same beach, they of­ten emerge within a few hun­dred me­tres

z of where they last nested,” he said, adding that the turtle was known lo­cally as penyu karah or penyu sisik.

“The nest­ing sea­son is from April to Oc­to­ber and dur­ing this pe­riod, it is com­mon to stum­ble on tur­tles here,” he said.

Ashraf said the rep­tile, which was found trapped in a net, was the first case recorded this year.

“We be­lieve the turtle was try­ing to swim back to the beach to pre­pare for the nest­ing sea­son.

“How­ever, be­cause its front right flip­per was miss­ing, its swim­ming abil­i­ties could have been af­fected and this may have led to it be­ing trapped in the net,” he said.

Five firemen were de­ployed to the scene at 1.20pm on Thurs­day af­ter Te­naga Nasional Bhd lodged a re­port about the turtle around noon. The firemen hauled the turtle out with a rope and re­leased it back into the sea.

JA­MALUDIN PIC BY MOHD AZREN

The red ban­ner at the Ta­man Austin Per­dana surau in Jo­hor Baru yes­ter­day.

PIC BY MOHD KHIDIR ZAKARIA

A fire­man strug­gling against the strong cur­rent to res­cue the turtle at the Tuanku Jaa­far power sta­tion in Port Dick­son on Thurs­day.

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