Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Four more dead turtles found in the waters off Semporna

KOTA KINABALU, April 16:  

Four more dead turtles were found in the waters off Semporna town, between the Bum-Bum and Kulapuan islands, yesterday.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun in confirming this at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly Sitting here today said he has ordered the Sabah Wildlife Department to carry out a full investigation on the matter.

The discovery was made by a State Fisheries Department staff who was on his way home when he saw the carcasses afloat.

He then took pictures showing the sea turtles tied with what appeared to be nylon rope or fish net, and posted it on his Facebook account.

Last month, a Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) lecturer found 60 decomposing turtle carcasses at Pulau Tiga, off Kudat.

UMS School of Business and Economics lecturer Dr James Alin said there is a huge market for parts of these endangered species, with fresh turtle meat fetching up to RM300 per kg, while dried ones are sold at RM100 per kg.

He said foreign fishing vessels preferred buying live sea turtles, with an adult turtle fetching RM2,000 each and juveniles RM1,300 each.

p/s: So sad there are humans which have no heart at all.

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