Plastic scraps found in the stomach of a green sea turtle which died while being treated

Veterinarians tried unsuccessfully to save a green sea turtle which beached ashore at Laem Chabang deep-sea port last week, but managed to keep it alive for just two days before it died apparently from plastic scraps in its stomach.

The green sea turtle was found on the beach of Laem Chabang port on June 4 and then it was sent to the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Centre for emergency treatment.

Veterinarians at the centre spoon-fed the turtle with liquid food and medication for two days before it succumbed to its death. They cut open its stomach to find out the cause of its death and found in its stomach a substantial amount of small plastic scraps such as plastic chords, plastic bags, fishing gear scraps and rubber band.

The vets said that the beast lost appetite because of the alien matters in its stomach, had low level of protein in its body and fluid in its stomach, culminating to heart failure.

On Sunday however another green turtle was found ensnared in a fish net in front of the beach of Dusit Thani Laguna hotel in Thalang district of Phuket.

The young turtle which weighs about 7.5 kgs was later sent to the research centre of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department for treatment. The beast was found to have suffered from cuts on both sides of its fins, but the wounds were not serious.

Vets at the centre said they expected the turtle to be recovered in the next couple of days and could be returned to the sea.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)