Turtle returned to hapū

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A 350kg turtle, which was found dead on a Canterbury beach last year, has been returned to its hapū.

Last year, the leatherback turtle was returned to Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata and last week a burial ceremony was held on Horomaka Island.

The critically endangered leatherback turtle, or honu, washed up dead in Banks Peninsula in March 2019.

It was initially transported to Te Papa in Wellington. But after consultations with DOC and Koukourārata rūnanga it was returned.

Documents show more than $12,000 was spent by DOC and Te Papa on transportation and a burial ceremony.

Te Papa wanted it for research purposes. the plan had been to keep its skeleton to help identify fossil bones. It would also potentially display it.

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Emily
Emily
4 months ago

Wow 350kg?!

mel
mel
4 months ago

very cool!

Boe gray
Boe gray
4 months ago

poor turtle

some one you do not know
some one you do not know
4 months ago

poor turtle very cool! Wow 350kg?!

josie
josie
4 months ago

soooooo sad hope you rest in peace little turtle

sdfkgn
sdfkgn
4 months ago

A 350kg turtle, which was found dead on a Canterbury beach last year, has been returned to its hapū.Last year, the leatherback turtle was returned to Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata and last week a burial

Last edited 4 months ago by sdfkgn
ANIMAL KID
ANIMAL KID
4 months ago

Why $12,000 for a turtle and wow 350kg. I didn’t even know that turtle lived in the Banks Peninsula.

A student from Peachgrove Intermediate school
A student from Peachgrove Intermediate school
4 months ago

it is very unfortunate for these things to happen. when i read that he died my heart dropped because it was a 350kg and was enormous but also because it was an endangered species.

jake
jake
4 months ago

so sad

RANDOM PERSON
RANDOM PERSON
4 months ago

So sad!

Entity303
Entity303
4 months ago

I can’t carry that weight! But thats pretty sad…

Amelia Pattillo
Amelia Pattillo
4 months ago

that’s so cool and sad

Last edited 4 months ago by Amelia Pattillo

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