Labourer becomes saviour to injured turtle belonging to rare species
Neeleswaram (Kasaragod): A labourer came to the rescue of an injured turtle that belongs to a rare species.
V Raghu from Kari found the turtle which reached the river during tidal waves. He later handed over the turtle to Neythal Organisation for Turtle Conservation member K Praveen Kumar.
The turtle that belongs to the rare species Hawksbill sea turtle has sustained injuries on its back and legs. As its looks like a hawk (Parunth in Malayalam), it is locally known as ‘Parunthanama’. Kerala coast is part of hawksbill sea turtle’s path in the sea.
Praveen Kumar said that many turtles die after being caught in the fishing nets and carcasses are often washed ashore. Some illegal fishing nets and equipment are widely used in the seaside in Kannur and Kasaragod districts, he added.
The illegal nets are set up in the deserted areas in the seashore at night. So, the local residents and authorities fail to spot the traps. Neythal organisation activists demanded that strict action should be taken against those who use illegal fishing traps that kill turtles too.