Singaporean animal lover Chandran V R witnessed a “very unsettling” sight at the start of his new year.
On the morning of 1 January, he discovered a dead and endangered sea turtle which looked like it had been “sliced into half”, apparently by boat propellers.
“It was the start of the new year and I decided to go jogging along the coastal stretch which is generally quiet and sees very few people,” he said.
Mr Chandran said an “overpowering smell” first caught his attention.
“I decided to take a closer look. One thing led to another and I found the dead turtle.”
The creature was not moving but had a deep open gash across its body, though its head and flippers were intact.
“I was very alarmed and sad to see such a graceful and giant rare creature lying dead on our shores,” said Mr Chandran.
“It had probably been struck by a ship in the waters.”
He phoned the police and gave them information about the carcass as well as its location. Government officials later got in touch with Mr Chandran, saying the carcass was recovered.
Mr Chandran, who has visited turtle sanctuaries before, said that he was “puzzled” as to why such a huge and rare animal was coming to Singapore shores.
“This was very tragic to see. I hope we as human beings can learn to live peacefully with nature and create awareness to avoid future tragedies, especially with endangered animals.”
Source : Internet