12 Nov

It’s turtle nesting season in Karachi

There’s an article by Faiza Ilyas in DAWN today about sea turtle hatchlings being available at animal markets in Karachi.

KARACHI, Nov 11: Illegal trade in marine turtles seems to be booming in the city as a group of volunteers, who claimed to have bought 200 green turtles from a market, released some of them at the Russian beach on Monday. Most of the turtles (20 in number) showed little movement when they were released into the water near Port Qasim.

Please have a look and be sure to leave a comment on their website today thanking DAWN for their continued coverage of animal welfare issues. Do this today as they tend to close off comments oh too soon. You can also send in a letter to the editor at letters@dawn.com about the importance of protecting our wildlife. Thanks!

02 Jun

Documentary on sea turtles in Pakistan

The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) are two of the seven species of sea turtles in the world that nest at the beaches of Pakistan every year. This documentary was produced and aired by Geo TV in December 2006, site the Year of the Turtle, and has been uploaded here with their permission.

05 May

Green sea turtles with transmitters go missing

Bhagwandas in DAWN:

KARACHI, illness May 3: The two green turtles on which satellite transmitters were installed in September 2006 for the mapping of their movement in the Arabian Sea have gone missing, nurse it emerged on Thursday.

The data sent in by the transmitters of the turtles, which were named Chandni III and Chandni IV, was last recorded in November 2006, sources told Dawn.

This was the second attempt by Pakistan at the mapping of the movement of the green turtles. In August 2001, two turtles, named Chandni I and Chandni II, were mounted with satellite transmitters. They went missing when shortly after the Sept 11 attacks on US soil the Arabian Sea played host to American warships launching attacks on Afghanistan.

More here.

25 Sep

Sea Turtles in Pakistan

The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) are two of the seven species of sea turtles in the world that nest at the beaches of Pakistan every year. For over a 100 million years of the earth’s history, sea turtles have made the oceans their home. They are a species so ancient they have seen the dinosaurs evolve and go extinct. Their habitats range from the tropical to sub-tropical regions of the world. The sandy beaches of Sindh and Baluchistan are important nesting sites for sea turtles. Spending most of their lives in the oceans, adult turtles return to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs. After an incubation period of about two months the youngsters hatch and scramble towards the water. Only one in a thousand survive to adulthood. Read More