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Leatherback sea turtle found dead on East Nusa Tenggara's coast

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2, 2020   /   08:41 pm
Leatherback sea turtle found dead on East Nusa Tenggara's coast A leatherback sea turtle. (Shutterstock/Stephanie Rousseau)

A leatherback sea turtle was found dead last week on a coast in Raedewa village, Sabu Raijua regency, East Nusa Tenggara. 

“The turtle was found by two villagers from Raedewa when they were on their way home from fishing,” Sabu Raijua police chief Sr. Comm. Jack Seubelan said on Wednesday.

Jack said the turtle was found on June 28 at around 7 p.m local time. 

The pair immediately asked other villagers for help to drag the turtle to the shore. They later reported the finding to the Sabu Raijua Marine and Fisheries Agency.

On June 29, the villagers helped the agency to bury the dead turtle in Hai Rawi beach.

“The turtle was 165 centimeters long," Jack said as quoted by kompas.com.

The leatherback sea turtle -- also known as the lute turtle -- is the largest of all living sea turtles. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimates that there are currently 20,000 to 30,000 nesting females across the world.

However, there are only 2,300 adult females remaining in the Pacific Ocean, making the Pacific leatherback the world’s most endangered marine turtle. (dpk)