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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 264, 9th December 2016

1. Malaysia: MMEA seize 1,400 tortoises headed for the pot
SOURCE: thestar.com.my - DATE: 7th December 2016

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled an attempt to smuggle out some 1,400 tortoises meant for the exotic food market in Vietnam.

Six crewmen, comprising two locals and four fishermen, were also arrested when the MMEA intercepted the boat about 1.6 nautical miles from the state capital at about 3am Wednesday (the 7th of December 2016). Of the 1,400 tortoise seized, 200 were already dead. Each tortoise is valued around RM30 ($6.78).

ATP NOTE: from the video it appears to be Malayan Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis) in the shipment.

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turtle confiscation

© M. A. Arinin

leatherback sea turtle

© Z. Ribao

2. China: Huge 458lb sea turtle is slaughtered and sold on the side of the road for £2000 by unscrupulous fishermen
SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk – DATE: 7th December 2016

Shocking footage capturing the slaughter of a huge sea turtle has emerged from China.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) was captured in the waters around Xuwen County in southern China on the afternoon of the 6th of December 2016, reported in by the People's Daily. The 458lb (208kg) creature was then butchered by fishermen on the side of the road and sold as meat to the public within hours.

On the 7th of December 2016, Zhanjiang Ocean And Fishery Bureau started investigating the slaughter of the protected reptile, according to reports.

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3. Belize: Endangered sea turtles are actually thriving at Belize reef
SOURCE: foxnews.com – DATE: 5th December 2016

Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are doing swimmingly well at a reef in Belize, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced.

The sea turtles are described as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, so the fact that they’re prospering at Glover’s Reef Atoll in Belize is good news for conservationists. According to a new study published in the journal Endangered Species Research, researchers estimate that there are now over 1,000 juvenile hawksbill turtles in the area.

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Hawksbill sea turtle

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turtle

© Tin Can Town

4. South Africa: Tortoise rescued from traditional healer's home
SOURCE: iol.co.za – DATE: 8th December 2016

An Angulate Tortoise (Chersina angulata) doomed to become part of a remedy for enhanced sexual performance was rescued from the home of a traditional healer. Its companion, an endangered Cape Mountain Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis), was not so lucky.

The tortoises were found at the home of a traditional healer in Blikkiesdorp (Cape Town, South Africa) by animal rescue organisation, Tin Can Town.

The animals were presumably going to be used for traditional medicine and Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokeswoman Belinda Abraham said tortoises were used in medicines that promised better sexual performance.

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