GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - At least five fishes and a peacock softshell turtle were today found dead at Deepor Beel. It is suspected that they died at least 24 hours back.
Conservationist Jayaditya Purkayastha, who visited the wetland this morning, said it was for the first time that a turtle has been spotted at the wetland.
�There are two news � one is good and the other bad. The good one is that we have found a turtle for the first time at Deepor Beel and the bad news is that it was dead. I have been surveying the wetland for the last several years, but I have never come across a turtle yet. Moreover, there is no secondary data on the presence of turtles in the wetland,� he said.
The dead turtle had an infection in the leg, which appeared to have been caused due to water contamination.
�It is also possible that some locals had found the turtle elsewhere and released it in the wetland few days back,� he said.
Purkayastha said there was nothing alarming regarding the death of fishes. �All living beings are vulnerable when there is a transition of season. Seasonal causes can also be the reason for the deaths,� he said.