Turtle makes court appearance before its release back to sea

Less than an hour after four men appeared in court this morning charged with possession of a green turtle, the animal was released back into the sea.  

Geogory David, 56, a supervisor, Owen Vialva, 47, a fisherman, Phillip Phagoo, 26, a construction worker and Michael Joseph, 38, labourer of Cedros were each granted $50,000 bail with clerk of the peace approval.

They appeared before Point Fortin First Court Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan who also fixed a cash bail for each of them in the sum of $15,000. 

Outrage over slaughter of turtle in Balandra

"Brutal & Babaric!"

That's how Stacy Gatcliffe describes the discovery of the remains of a dead turtle in Balandra.

In a Facebook post, Gatcliffe says mother turtles coming up onto our beaches to lay their eggs, totally unaware that blood-thirsty humans are waiting to ambush them for a meal.

The post included several photos of a dead turtle, including some graphic ones showing the guts of the dead animal.

Cedros villagers help stranded leatherback turtle back out to sea

Cedros villagers and fishermen are being praised today for assisting a leatherback turtle back to the ocean.

The act of kindness was recorded at Columbus Bay beach in Cedros.

Fishermen in the area saw the turtle in difficulty at the beach this morning and joined together to help the turtle with ropes and muscle.

The leatherback turtle seemed to have come ashore to lay eggs as it's the nesting season for the turtles.

The video was posted on social media by Joni Ramdass.

VIDEO: Las Cuevas fishermen rescue leatherback turtle caught in net

A video of Las Cuevas fishermen rescuing an endangered leatherback turtle from a fishing net is receiving praise on social media.

The video was posted by the Las Cuevas Eco Friendly Association and was viewed over 47,000 times over 14 hours.


The near-3-minute video shows three fishermen cutting the net before they eventually free the turtle.

The Association says on the post, "Thanks a lot guys #keep up the good work."