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WATCH: Turtles full of PLASTIC WASTE returned to the wild in heart-warming video

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Turtles full of PLASTIC WASTE returned to the wild in heart-warming video
Turtles full of PLASTIC WASTE returned to the wild in heart-warming video. Image – Fundacion Mundo Marino

Turtles full of plastic waste were rescued and released back into the wild earlier this week.

Earlier this week, two green turtles and four loggerhead turtles were released back into the wild after being rescued from a fishing net in San Clemente del Tuyu in Argentina.

Staff at a local marine foundation said they found ten different types of plastic in the poor marine creatures bodies.

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Karina Alvarez, a biologist at the Grupo Marino Foundation, said: “The danger of plastic is that it is silent.”

The turtles’ rehabilitation lasted more than a month, where they underwent blood tests and x-rays to ensure that they did not have any plastic objects in their digestive tracts.

During a video message, Alvarez said: “During the check-up and evaluation, we found a large amount of this material inside, so it is important that they can eliminate them before the condition worsens and ends up causing the death of the specimens.”

Loggerhead turtles can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea.

Green turtles are one of the biggest sea turtles and can grow to more than 90 kg in weight.

The massive increase in plastic pollution in ocean’s poses a huge threat to marine creatures and, according to research from UK and Australian marine biologists, the number of turtles containing plastic was far higher on the Pacific coast with 86 per cent of loggerheads, 83 per cent of greens, 80 per cent of flatbacks and 29 per cent of olive ridleys.

On the Indian Ocean coast, 28 per cent of flatbacks, 21 per cent of loggerheads and 9 per cent of green turtles contained plastic.

Scientists discovered that the plastic found in the Pacific turtles was mainly hard fragments. These come from a wide variety of products used by humans.

The plastics in the Indian Ocean were mainly fibres – possible from fishing nets and ropes.

Dr Emily Duncan, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall, said: “These polymers are so widely used in plastic products that it’s impossible to pin down the likely sources of the fragments we found.”

“Hatchlings generally contained fragments up to about 5mm to 10mm in length, and particle sizes went up along with the size of the turtles.”


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WWF Lists 224 New Species In Greater Mekong Region

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Source: WWFThe World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) latest report lists 224 new species that have been identified in the greater Mekong region over the last year, as scientists and naturalists work to record and protect flora and fauna in the area.The report highlights the need to protect the rich biodiversity and habitats in the region, which includes Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.Although only listed now, the species were identified in 2020 but the report was delayed for a variety of reasons.Amongst the findings was the only new mammal, a monkey called the Popa langur named after the steep hillsides of the extinct Mt. Popa volcano in Myanmar where it lives. The monkey has ghostly white circles around its eyes making it quite distinct from other apes.Included in the list are also dozens of newly identified reptiles, frogs and newts, fish and 155 plant species, including the only known succulent bamboo species, found in Laos.The Mekong region is a biodiversity hotspot and home to tigers, Asian elephants; Saola, an extremely rare animal also called the Asian unicorn or Spindlehorn; and thousands of other species.The addition of the latest finds means that scientists have identified more than 3,000 new species in the region since 1997 according to the WWF.Scientists used measurements and samples from museum collections to compare and identify key differences with features of the newly discovered animals and plants, the report said.Introducing the report Thomas Ziegler, a curator at the University of Cologne’s Institute of Zoology said studying such differences can help determine the range of species and threats to their survival.Identifying new species is tricky, though, and sometimes can only be determined using a variety of methods, such as frog calls and genetic data used to distinguish the Cardamom leaf little frog, found high up in the Cardamom mountains in a wildlife refuge.Some species are found in more than one country, including the bright orange twin slug snake, which consumes other slugs.The Popa langur was identified based on genetic matching of recently gathered bones with specimens from Britain’s Natural History Museum collected more than a century ago. Two main distinguishing characteristics were the broad white rings around its eyes and its front-pointing whiskers.The WWF, working with Fauna and Flora International, caught images of the monkeys using camera traps in 2018. FFI reported the discovery late last year.The monkey is a candidate to be listed as a critically endangered species on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the report said, since only 200-250 are thought to survive in the wild, in a handful of places.The two organisations have underscored the urgency of such work, with more than 38,000 of the 138,000 species threatened with extinction.A new type of begonia with reddish flowers and a berry-like fruit also was found in the uplands of Myanmar, where illegal mining and logging have become an increasingly dire threat in the country, which is in the midst of political turmoil following a military takeover a year ago.Despite human encroachments on tropical forests and other wild zones, much of the Greater Mekong is still little explored and each year dozens of new species are found,a glimmer of hope as so many species go extinct.Not all new species are found deep in jungles. One of the new plant species is a ginger plant called “stink bug” for its pungent odour similar to big beetles Thais use to make a kind of chili dipping paste served with rice, the report said.It was found in north eastern Thailand, in a plant shop.The WWF and its partners will continue to list more species as more research is carried out in relatively unexplored areas like the Mekong.Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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British Expats In Ukraine Have Bags Packed Ready To Escape

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Image: PixabayBritish expats in Ukraine have bags packed ready to escape. Tensions are mounting and the UK has already begun to withdraw staff from the embassy.Brit couple Ben and Alice are living in Ukraine while they wait for their surrogate baby’s passport to come through. Tensions are mounting in the region and the wait for the passport has now become “nerve-wracking.”Ukraine-based expats are said to be ready to flee and have their bags packed already. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received intelligence suggesting that Russia could attack at any time.Ben explained that the couple were in Ukraine to help them have a baby. He said: “Ukraine has very different surrogacy laws to the UK which means that it’s much easier to work with an IVF clinic and a surrogacy agency here to have a baby that way… so Ukraine is an international hub of people coming for surrogacy services.“We’ve always known that it would be a load of paperwork once he was born, for us to bring him home – but obviously, what was going to be a period of potential boredom, waiting in an apartment in Kyiv for two or three months, is now more nerve-racking.“Unless we can get a passport for Raphael in the conventional way, or if that becomes impossible, the British Embassy get to the point they can give Raphael an emergency passport, we can’t leave – so it is nerve-racking.”According to Ben, the city feels strange at the moment as no one seems to be panicking yet.He revealed: “It’s really strange… (it’s) like Oxford Street on a Saturday… except for the snow.“It looks normal. Looking out the window… it’s buzzing… there’s no evidence of panic buying, there’s no queues anywhere.“I’ve never been in a country that’s been invaded, I don’t know what that feels like, but it feels bizarre that it could happen (here).”Another expat explained how the consensus is to have your bags packed ready to escape in case an attack happens. He is mainly worried about cyber-attacks.The Manchester-based businessman who splits his time between the UK and Ukraine commented: “Finding somewhere you can escape to, so: bag packed, clothing, water, chargers, grab your bag and get west… (that is) the mantra that most people are adopting.”Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Syria: Fears Grow For 850 Children Trapped Inside Prison

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Photo: ShutterstockUNICEF has expressed concern for hundreds of children trapped inside a Syrian prison, as fears grow for their safety. The prison has been seized by Islamic State (IS) inmates, with the children caught up in clashes between Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US troops who have attempted to storm the Gweiran prison, in the city of Hassakeh.IS seized the prison six days ago since when the forces have been trying to restore order.UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Advocacy and Communications Head, Juliette Touma said: “Every day counts. It’s very hard to even imagine what atrocities these children are witnessing.”“The children’s lives are in immediate risk.”According to the SDF more than 220 people have been killed and around 550 militants have surrendered so far. But the fighting has also forced over 45,000 civilians, mostly women and children, to flee from their homes.“These families fled in such a hurry with almost nothing on them in harsh winter weather. Many have already been displaced and fled violence from other parts of Syria,” Ms Touma added.Dozens of IS inmates managed to escape during the attack, with a car bomb detonated and vehicles used to ram through the walls. Other prisoners have taken over part of the facility and some are still holed up in nearby buildings.The UN’s children’s agency said fighting must end immediately so the children, some of which are as young as 12, can leave safely.They were all detained during the US-backed campaigns that drove IS from its last territorial enclave in Syria back in 2019.US Human Rights Watch and other organisations have long criticised the Kurdish-led forces for holding children under inhuman conditions in makeshift prisons. The Gweiran prison is the largest of several where the SDF holds thousands without charges or trial and includes civilians who resist forced conscription.It holds around 3,500 IS prisoners and is one of many in the region housing former members of the group.As fears grow for the children trapped in the prison there seems to be no end in sight, with the siege expected to continue for sometime.Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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