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Probe launched after 10 turtles found dead on Colombo beaches


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The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) launched an investigation to find the cause of at least ten dead turtles that washed ashore to Colombo beaches during the weekend.

Concerns raised after carcasses of three turtles were found on Mount Lavinia beach yesterday. Today, five more dead turtles were found washed onto the Galle Face beach while another two were found in pretty much the same condition on the Wellawatte beach.

Confirming the unnatural turn of events, M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, Director General of the DWC told the Daily Mirror that a court order would be sought from the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court to obtain experts’ opinions to figure out the cause of the events.

He said that when thousands of turtles come to beaches to lay eggs in the nesting season, it is common to find a few dead turtles after them getting entangled in fishing nets. 

However, he reiterated that the finding of a large number of carcasses should be investigated. (Piyumi Fonseka)



  Comments - 5

  • salamam Sunday, 04 October 2020 07:26 PM

    leopards are being killed and now turtles are dead - Please check - these are the attraction of tourism - who wants to mess our tourist industry - I may look idot

    Wijeysuriya, Retired Inspector Of Police Sunday, 04 October 2020 07:56 PM

    This incident looks connected to what happened to the turtles hundreds of miles away near the Indian bound oil tanker that caught fire. This must be a deliberate action to forget about the turtles near the oil tanker that would trigger anger against those connected to the ship or the cargo. I suspect it is the work of the RAW or its local operatives.

    Pradeep Sunday, 04 October 2020 08:19 PM

    A new point to think

    Singh Sunday, 04 October 2020 08:12 PM

    MR Wijesuriyar have your head examined by a shrink.

    Jeeves Sunday, 04 October 2020 09:47 PM

    Nothing short of full investigation; our wildlife is at stake!

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