UN­USUAL BE­HAV­IOUR OF TUR­TLES IN SEA NEAR MT NEW DI­A­MOND

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Yet to be as­cer­tained whether any im­pact of the oil has re­sulted in this type of be­hav­iour of tur­tles

Tur­tles that were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to swim down­wards

Other species like whales, dolphins were seen but were not be­hav­ing ab­nor­mally

Un­usual be­hav­iour of tur­tles in the vicin­ity of the seas af­fected by the New Di­a­mond ves­sel which caught fire off the east coast re­cently, has been ob­served by sci­en­tists.

Prin­ci­pal Scientist at Na­tional Aquatic Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Agency Dr.pra­bath Jayas­inghe said that an ab­nor­mal ob­ser­va­tion of these tur­tles has been recorded.

Speak­ing to Daily Mir­ror, he said they had in­formed the rel­e­vant of­fi­cials re­gard­ing the be­havioural change of these tur­tles. “Though these tur­tles were not found in the area where a 2 me­tre oil patch was no­ticed in the seas near the MT New Di­a­mond,it is yet to be as­cer­tained whether any im­pact of the oil has re­sulted in this type of be­hav­iour of tur­tles,dr. Jayas­inghe said.

“It is rare to no­tice tur­tles dur­ing our usual in­spec­tion jour­neys. how­ever, we no­ticed sev­eral tur­tles that were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to swim down­wards in a very re­cent in­spec­tion jour­ney, Dr. Jayas­inghe added.

When asked whether any other marine species were found with sim­i­lar be­havioural changes,he said other species like whales, dolphins were seen but they were not be­hav­ing ab­nor­mally as the tur­tles. Marine species es­pe­cially whales,dolphins and tur­tles are abun­dantly seen in the seas off Am­para.these species have to come out of the wa­ter to breathe.

BY SHEAIN FERNANDOPU­LLE

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