World Turtle News, 03/02/2018
Kenya Wildlife Service fights eating of turtles
Turtles in Lamu are under siege for the weirdest reasons. Fishermen are killing them not just for meat and soup but also because they believe turtle fat holds the key to curing asthma, flu and even impotence.
And those are not the only perceived medicinal benefits. Resident Amir Hussein says turtle oil keeps fishermen warm when fishing at night, when temperatures at sea are extremely cold.
“You just take a handful of turtle oil and apply on your face, neck, arms and legs, and you are good to endure a whole night of cold, however bad it is. The oil makes you feel like you are wearing a coat,” Hussein says.
Fishermen also believe that turtle oil, when applied on their faces, can keep them underwater for longer as they dive to hunt for edible sea creatures, which they later sell to hotels or use for subsistence.
Such beliefs have put Lamu conservationists on high alert, as the turtle population dwindles. They are doing all they can to save the turtle from extinction.
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