Death by drift net: Critically endangered sea turtle among casualties of indiscriminate fishing

Sea creatures have been found trapped in drift nets in Singapore waters.
Sea creatures have been found trapped in drift nets in Singapore waters.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE MARINE GUIDE, OUR SINGAPORE REEFS, JOHN ISLAND MARINE

SINGAPORE - The hawksbill turtle found dead in waters off Pulau Hantu earlier in May had been so tightly bound by a drift net that the man who freed the carcass found the animal's head severed from its body.

Its shell also came apart once released from the confines of the net, recounted Mr Wade Pearce, who was preparing to cruise out to the Southern Islands when he was alerted to the trapped turtle.

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