This video from the Philippines says about itself:
Doc Nielsen Donato treats rare Cantor soft-shelled turtle in Cagayan
4 April 2015
A rare and endangered species of turtle was accidentally caught in Aparri, Cagayan. Doc Nielsen Donato helps treat the animal to prevent its death.
Rare soft-shell turtle found in Cambodia
16 May 2007
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – One of the world’s largest and least studied freshwater turtles has been found in Cambodia’s Mekong River, raising hopes that the threatened species can be saved from extinction.
Scientists from WWF, Conservation International, the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and the Cambodian Turtle Conservation Team captured an 11-kilogramme (24.2-pound) female Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle during a recent river survey.
“This incredible discovery means that a unique turtle can be saved from disappearing from our planet,” said David Emmett, a wildlife biologist at Conservation International.
“We thought it might be almost gone, but found a number of them on this one pristine stretch of the Mekong, making the area the world’s most important site for saving this particular species.”
Stuck in the mud
Instead of an exterior shell commonly associated with turtles, the Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) has a rubbery skin with ribs fused together to form a protective layer over the internal organs.
To protect itself from predators, it spends 95 per cent of its life hidden in sand or mud with only its eyes and nose showing.
The turtle can grow up to 2 metres (6 feet) in length and weigh more than 50 kilogrammes (110 pounds).
It also possesses long claws and can extend its neck with lightning speed to bite with jaws powerful enough to crush bone.
“It has the fastest strike of any animal I’ve ever seen, including cobras,” Emmett added.
The researchers also found a nesting ground for the species and brought back eggs that have since hatched.
The hatchlings were released into the wild on 8 May, together with another adult turtle and additional hatchlings captured by fishermen.
Last observed by scientists in the wild in Cambodia in 2003, only a few records of the species exist for Laos, and it appears to have disappeared across much of its former range in Vietnam and Thailand. …
“During our survey we also discovered an entirely new plant species, Amorphophallus Sp., along with populations of such threatened species as terns, fish eagles, green peafowl, otters and silvered leaf-monkeys.
More than 180 fish species were recorded, including one identified as a new species of spiny eel.
Bezuijen described the area where the turtle was discovered as “a near pristine region of tall riverine forest, waterways and island archipelagos where further exciting biological discoveries will almost certainly be made.”
A further survey of the area by an international team of flora and fauna experts is planned for July 2007.
See also here.
Conservation International (CI), together with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and the Association of Buddhists for the Environment, have opened the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center (MTCC) in central Cambodia with the ceremonial release of 50 Cantor’s softshell adult turtle and hatchlings into a protected conservation pond. Fauna & Flora International, through the Conservation Leadership Programme, has been supporting this team of Cambodian turtle conservationists since 2004: here.
ScienceDaily (Sep. 23, 2011) — A research team from the Senckenberg Research Institute Dresden has identified many different genetic lineages in the softshell turtle genus Pelodiscus, representing different species. Traditionally it has been assumed that only the species Pelodiscus sinensis belonged to the genus examined. As a foodstuff, Chinese softshell turtles are the most economically important turtles in the world, with an annual trade volume of many hundreds of millions of specimens: here.