33 Endangered Sea Turtles Saved

Written by on December 12, 2012 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Hawksbill sea turtle.

Hawksbill sea turtle. Photo credit: NOAA.

Indonesian police confiscated 33 endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles that officials believe were on their way to local restaurants on the island of Bali.

Bali police spokesman Senior Commissioner Hariadi said (link no longer active) the turtles were found alive and seized from a boat docked off the coast on Sunday night. “Some of them are sick because of dehydration,” explained Soemarsono, head of the local government-run Nature Conservancy Agency.

The crew onboard escaped as police arrived. “We are still looking for the suspected smugglers,” said Hariadi.

Soemarsono said that the turtles weighed between 30 and 60 kilograms (65-130 pounds) and were worth between 5 million and 7 million Rupiah (about US$520-725) each.

Despite the fact that Indonesia has banned the trade and consumption of endangered turtles, smuggling of sea turtles into Bali is rampant, said Soemarsono. This is due to local demand, as turtle meat is considered a delicacy among the Balinese.

Green sea turtle.

Green sea turtle. Photo credit: NOAA.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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