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An adult female Olive Ridley sea turtle was on Saturday morning rescued by a team of vigilant environment lovers just off the coast of Georgetown after it was sighted in distress by workers of the fisheries Division.Battered and barely surviving, the small sea turtle looked miserable. Her carapace was cracked, her front left flipper was gone and a cut was already sliced through three-quarters of her right front flipper; experts surmise that she had gone through a series of unfortunate events.Olive Ridley with amputated flipperAccording to a statement,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, around 9:30 hours on Saturday,Cheap NHL Adidas Jerseys, news of the sea turtle being spotted in the vicinity of the Guyana National Shipping Corporation (GNSC) wharf surfaced.Immediately, Senior Environmental Officer of the Protected Areas Commission , Analise Bayney, with the resources of the Georgetown Zoo, Romeo De Freitas of the Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS),NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap, Sophie Edgehill of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Sean Mendonca of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Wildlife Division went to her rescue.According to De Freitas,Wholesale China Jerseys, who has vast experience dealing with the four species of sea turtles that nest on Shell Beach each year, the rescued Olive Ridley had to be over thirty years as this is the age this particular specie reaches sexual maturity.He surmised that that would have been the reason she was offshore, despite the sea turtle nesting season in Guyana being from March to August each year, the turtles are offshore in February when they mate before the female comes ashore to lay her eggs.Male sea turtles never come ashore, De Freitas noted.The evidence was clear that the sea turtle had become entangled in a fishing net which had completely amputated the left front flipper and had cut through three quarters of the right front flipper.Cracked shell of the Olive RidleyThat state would have made it impossible for the Olive Ridley to dive which is necessary for it to feed. It normally feeds on crabs and shrimp so the experts believe it would have been enduring slow starvation as the amputated flipper revealed that it was not a recent occurrence.Being unable to dive and swim properly, the turtle was bobbing around with the currents which brought it into the Demerara River where it was even more unlucky to be wedged between two vessels which then cracked its shell. For humans, that is similar to a broken back.It was in this mangled state that the rescuers encountered the poor animal Saturday morning.Realizing that a slow painful death was inevitable, a decision was made to have it brought to the holding area in the Georgetown Zoo where Dr. Nicholas Waldron, who has provided pro bono support to sea turtles over the past decade, would then euthanize it.Calvin Bernard of the University of Guyana (UG) was on hand to take samples for genetic testing and will decide if the remains were worth persevering for educational purposes.Meanwhile, Annette Arjoon-Martins of the National Wildlife Management Steering Committee, stated that is was unfortunate that the start of the New Year commenced with a whale stranding and is now followed by a severely injured sea turtle.She pleaded for the fishermen to assist in the conservation of our marine wildlife by checking their fishing nets more often since whales and sea turtles, like humans, need to breathe air to survive.Arjoon also mentioned that it was impressive that the collaborative response by the PSC, WWF, UG, EPA Wildlife Division and GMTCS was most timely which allowed for the mammal to be brought to the Georgetown Zoo.As the mammal was brought ashore in a shipping port where protocols were adhered to, she was also thankful for the support of both Commissioner-General Khurshid Sattaur and Gavin Low of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).The Olive Ridley turtle is named for the generally greenish color of its skin and shell,Wholesale Jerseys China, or carapace. They are found only in warmer waters,Wholesale Adidas Hockey Jerseys, including the southern Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.Olive Ridleys are the smallest of the sea turtles, weighing up to 100 pounds.
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