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Rare sea turtles land in Penang after 10,000-mile swim

Old Apr 1st 2016, 12:39 am
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From today’s Star. See below, or:

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They must be tired! Hope they make it back to America safely.

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Rare sea turtles land 10,000 miles off course at Teluk Bahang

Some of the world's rarest sea turtles that usually inhabit the warm waters off the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the USA, have strayed more than 10,000 miles from their home to Malaysia.

Early Wednesday morning, YBH staff at Kampung Karut, Teluk Bahang fishing village in North West Penang found 104 sea turtle hatchlings washed up on the beach. These were quickly identified by local experts as critically endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtles, the rarest sea turtles in the world. The hatchlings are now receiving intensive round-the-clock care from a specialist vet.

Beau Vendyeho, an Australian Divers Life Rescue marine biologist and sea turtle expert said: "They have fled their natural habitat because of sudden temperature drops off the coast of the USA. They are in an exhausted condition and are receiving intensive care at a private sanctuary for the time being. We don't want to disturb them too much. If they recover we will move them to a larger tank".

Beau explained that the cold-blooded hatchlings were “cold-stunned” leading them to become lethargic and unable to swim against strong currents or to feed, and that they were carried across the Atlantic and Indian oceans on the Gulf Stream.

Beau Vendyeho: "More Kemps Ridleys were also found on the beaches of Pangkor Laut and Langkawi last week. What an amazing journey. I have heard of them being found on the African beaches of Sierra Leone and Namibia in the 1930s, but never this far away from home. It’s possible thousands more could wash up on Malaysia’s shores in the next week or two. If so, we’ll make arrangements to fly them back to America for release into the ocean where they belong. We have to be vigilant, their biggest danger on arrival is the cooking pot”.
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That explains the new restaurant between Crab Village and Tsunami Village which they have inspiringly called - Just Soup.
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Oh heck.

I do hope these hatchlings recover and are then able to be released back into the ocean.

So endangered. So precious.
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I don't see how ocean currents could carry turtles, or anything else, from the Gulf of Mexico and US East Coast, to Malaysia.



They would have to do a loop of the North Atlantic, a cruise past the west coast of Africa, cut across the south Atlantic and down the coast of Brazil, then get swept in antarctic currents east wards south of South Africa. ..... And I still don't see how they'd make it back northwards across the equatorial currents in the Indian ocean.
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I agree with the Colonel...I've sailed between Cabo San Lucas into the Gulf of Mexico then over to Peurto Vallarta and seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of turtles...especially at night as the water is so clear and luminescent. I wouldn't want to leave those waters for the sea around Asia with its pollution.

Methinks those turtles are economic migrant turtles from Burma or Bangladesh ....
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
I don't see how ocean currents could carry turtles, or anything else, from the Gulf of Mexico and US East Coast, to Malaysia.

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They would have to do a loop of the North Atlantic, a cruise past the west coast of Africa, cut across the south Atlantic and down the coast of Brazil, then get swept in antarctic currents east wards south of South Africa. ..... And I still don't see how they'd make it back northwards across the equatorial currents in the Indian ocean.
Is it April 1st yet where you are Pulaski?


Early Wednesday morning, YBH (You’re Being Had) staff at Kampung Karut (Nonsense Village in Malay), Teluk Bahang fishing village in North West Penang found 104 (1st of the 4th) sea turtle hatchlings washed up on the beach. These were quickly identified by local experts as critically endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtles, the rarest sea turtles in the world. The hatchlings are now receiving intensive round-the-clock care from a specialist vet.

Beau Vendyeho (Anagram for You’ve Been Had), an Australian Divers Life Rescue marine biologist....

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With thanks and apologies to The Star for my playing the fool and the false link.

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Is it April 1st yet where you are Pulaski?


Early Wednesday morning, YBH (You’re Being Had) staff at Kampung Karut (Nonsense Village in Malay), Teluk Bahang fishing village in North West Penang found 104 (1st of the 4th) sea turtle hatchlings washed up on the beach. These were quickly identified by local experts as critically endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtles, the rarest sea turtles in the world. The hatchlings are now receiving intensive round-the-clock care from a specialist vet.

Beau Vendyeho (Anagram for You’ve Been Had), an Australian Divers Life Rescue marine biologist....

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With thanks and apologies to The Star for my playing the fool and the false link.
, well spotted, but it isn't YET April 1st in the USA, or wasn't when he read the post, so perhaps a little leeway.. or maybe not..
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A good day's fishin' JC3. Two keepers. Must remember to use turtle bait again next year!
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, well spotted, but it isn't YET April 1st in the USA, or wasn't when he read the post, so perhaps a little leeway.. or maybe not..

Thanks Mike, but as the author of the story it wasn't so hard to spot the clues. That said, I only gently adapted a genuine newspaper article published several months ago into today's frivolity.

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..... well spotted, but it isn't YET April 1st in the USA, or wasn't when he read the post, so perhaps a little leeway.. or maybe not. ....
What Mike said.
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Wah ! You got me fair and square.

I really thought it was for real & I did know it was April 1st but paid no attention to what that actually meant.

That has really made me laugh this morning. What a silly arse.

At least I was not alone, but in fine upstanding company
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Wah ! You got me fair and square.

That has really made me laugh this morning. :
All good fun. Glad you also got a laugh out of it Bevs.

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All good fun. Glad you also got a laugh out of it Bevs.

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I did. I did.


Still making me giggle, even now.

What a twerp I am. You would think I would know better

Maaannn. I have to give you karma every day for a week for cracking me up . Best laugh I have had in ages.
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Just to clarify...... I twigged onto JC3s April Fool Joke and was about to post....but deleted...why spoil the fun..
That's why I suggested these turtles may be economic migrants...if some people cannot afford to live in their own country and therefore migrate.....why can't Mexican turtles.
I also got tired of eating Tortillas in Mexico and moved to Asia, so can understand why the turtles may want a change of diet to Nasi Goreng/Penang Laksa.

I say...TURTLES...go forth and multiply...
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