Dead sea turtles washed ashore

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13 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Dead sea turtles washed ashore

A turtle was washed up on Cox’s Bazar beach on Sunday. Some five dead and seventeen stranded sea turtles were found on the beach in the last two days. - SUN photo

COX’S BAZAR: Some five dead and seventeen stranded sea turtles were found at some four kilometre stretch of beach at Cox’s Bazar headquarters in the last two days.

 Besides, unusual and huge quantity of solid wastes was also being washed to the beach over the period.

 Locals said several tonnes of plastics, bottles of wine, medicine, perfume and plastic shoes were found lying over four kilometres of the beach at Himchari and Darianagar areas on Sunday.

 Though wastes are washed to the shore by the sea waves every year, the quantity is unusual compared to the previous occasions, they said. Many locals were seen busy searching for anything valuable from those wastes.

Some volunteers of ‘Team Cox’s Bazar’ and ‘Plastic Bank Bangladesh’ were trying to clean the beach by their own.

Co-ordinator Nazmul Haque of ‘Team Cox’s Bazar’ said locals have informed that huge amount of wastes comes down along with the hilly onrush during the monsoon every year and it ultimately pollutes the seawater.

 He also couldn’t hint source of the huge amount of wastes on the beach and said that they will start the cleaning drive on Monday.

 “We noticed some five sea turtles dead on the beach and seventeen others stranded when reached Himchhari area,” he said.  “We freed the 17 turtles while two others which found as dying also kept on the beach,” said Nazmul.

 Executive Magistrate Imran Jahid of Tourism Cell of Cox’s Bazar district Administration said a three-member probe committee was formed to investigate source of the huge amount of wastes.

“We will collect information by patrolling the whole beach after the dead and injured turtles are managed accordingly,” he said.  As the season of laying egg for the turtles have already been passed, they might got stuck for any other reason, observed the magistrate.