The officers of Bali Marine Police successfully foiled the smuggling of dozens of green turtles on Sunday night (Dec 9). Unfortunately, the perpetrators alleged to be more than one person managed to get away and so far their existence was unknown. Meanwhile, police seized 33 turtles on board of the mid-sized traditional ship berthing in the waters of Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua.
Director of Bali Marine Police, Tubuh Musyareh, justified on Monday (Dec 10) that his party could foil the smuggling of endangered species (turtles—Ed). However, it was not known the owner of those dozens of sea turtles because when police came aboard, nobody was found. “There are only 33 turtles on-board, but nobody was found there,” he said.
Before being foiled, police got information if there was a ship leading to the waters of Bali to smuggle turtles. Some members moved to follow up the information. Well, in the waters of Tanjung Benoa was found a suspicious ship at 11:30 p.m. “The ship anchored in the waters of Tanjung Benoa,” said the Spokesperson of Bali Police, Hariadi.
He said that as soon as the officers came up aboard, there was nobody there. However, police found 33 green turtles. As seeing no turtle owner, police officers were trying to observe it. However, until 3:00 a.m., the ship or turtle owner did not come. “Allegedly, the turtle owner has fled before police arrived,” he explained.
Initially, added. Hariadi, the ship was berthed in the waters and estimated to wait for high tides so that it could facilitate the move the turtles to mainland. However, after waiting for a few hours, the perpetrators did not appear. Finally, the ship was taken to Benoa Harbor to evacuate dozens of sea turtles to mainland.
Hariadi explained the large size turtle was estimated to attain the age of 25 years. Meanwhile, the small size was estimated to reach 10 years with a weight of 40-60 kilograms. “In terms of its price, the small one is worth IDR 2 million, while the large one is IDR 3-5 million. Allegedly, the turtles were brought in from East Java,” he added. (BTN/kmb)