Dead endangered turtle at Karachi beach

By Andaleeb Rizvi

The body washed ashore and even though the nearby WWF-Wetland Centre was informed, they had no provisions to investigate. I do not know the official standard operating procedure in Pakistan, but I believe, when an endangered species just washes up dead on the beach, where it is supposedly protected, it needs to be investigated. The turtle could have died due to pollution, ingesting plastics, etc. We might never know what happened. I guess now the carcass must have gone back into the sea or mutilated beyond recognition. Earlier I had speculated if it was a hawksbill turtle or a green turtle. Dr Nantarika Chansue who is a noted turtle and tortoise veterinarian from Thailand has confirmed after viewing the pictures that it is a green turtle (chelonia mydas).

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