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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

ENVIRONMENT

Two sea turtles rehabilitated

Two injured hawksbill sea turtles recently captured off Yilan County were released on Monday after rehabilitation at the National Taiwan Ocean University. Animal and Plant Disease Control officials in Yilan County said they received a report on Sept. 13 of an injured hawksbill turtle in open water off the coast. Upon capture, it was found to weigh 2.44kg. It was suffering from an injured front flipper. On Oct. 8, a group of fishermen rescued another young hawksbill, which had deep wounds on its right back flipper, the disease control center said, adding that it weighed 815g. The turtles began to show signs of recovery after passing plastic, fishing net and dead insects, said Cheng I-jiunn (程一駿), a professor of the university’s Institute of Marine Biology, who cared for them. The endangered animals were treated with antibiotics by National Taiwan University Veterinary Hospital before being returned to the sea, he said.

FISHERIES

Great white shark caught

A large great white shark was caught on Saturday by fishermen from Yilan County, which is a popular surfing destination in Taiwan. The shark, 6m long and weighing 1,750kg, was netted off the county’s Toucheng coast. It was sold for NT$150,000 (US$5,110) at a local market. One of the 10 fishermen who caught the fish said it was so big that it took them more than an hour to haul it aboard. “I haven’t caught sharks like that around here for years,” said the fisherman, surnamed Cheng (鄭), who had caught an 800kg shark in the area about three years ago. Cheng said he would like to continue netting sharks because this prevented surfers from getting hurt during their stay at the popular tourist destination.

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