On the first day of the new year, the people of Singapore woke up to a macabre scene on one of their beaches. They found a sea turtle which had been “cut in half”.
Mr Chandran, 46, who found the turtle said that on New Year’s Day he decided to still wake up early and go for a run in the remote part of Changi beach. He said that while he was there he smelt a very strong, unbearable stench and that is when he saw the turtle. He said that the turtle was not moving and although its head and feet were untouched, it had a deep wound from one end of its back to the other which had practically cut the turtle in half. Mr Chandran said that the scene shocked him, and he proceeded to phone the police. He is of the belief that the turtle was cut by the propellers of a boat.
Mr Chandran, who has often visited the turtle sanctuary, said that he was impressed by the amount of messages he received from people saying how sorry they were about what happened to the turtle. He said, however, that he still cannot understand how this rare animal found itself on a Singapore beach. He said he hopes that man will find a way to lead a comfortable life without affecting nature in order to avoid similar tragedies in the future.