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45 sea turtles hatch safely on Vietnamese island

45 sea turtles hatch safely on Vietnamese island

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 16:14 GMT+7
45 sea turtles hatch safely on Vietnamese island
Baby sea turtles after hatching on Phu Quy Island off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, August 17, 2020 are seen in this screenshot from a video shot by Tri Beo.

Forty-five baby sea turtles hatched safely on Phu Quy Island off the south-central province of Binh Thuan on Monday after their eggs were found and protected by the local community for 51 days.

The baby sea turtles came out from a cluster of eggs laid by their mother on the beach of Trieu Duong Bay on June 27, according to Bui The Nhan, Party chief and chairman of the People's Committee of Phu Quy District, which administers the island.

The mother turtle, which weighed about 100 kilograms, returned to the sea after laying her eggs.

Local authorities were alerted of the situation after some locals discovered the eggs and made a report.

Understanding that the eggs belonged to a protected species of sea turtles that had just come back to the island to lay eggs after a long time, the local community worked together to protect the eggs from harm.

They put up a warning sign and fenced off the beach area around the nest.

After 51 days, the small eggs hatched into 45 healthy baby sea turtles on Monday.

Baby sea turtles after hatching on Phu Quy Island off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, August 17, 2020. Video: Tri Beo

Employees from the Phu Quy Island District Aquatic Resource Protection Station transferred the baby sea turtles to Hon Tranh Island, around one kilometer from Phu Quy, and safely returned them to the ocean.

The authorities decided not to release them on Phu Quy Island as there was a construction site nearby, which could cause the baby turtles to be stranded.

Le Huu Tri, a member of the team involved in the process, said he was fortunate to have the rare chance of returning the sea turtles to their natural habitat.

Local residents look on at the baby sea turtles that has just hatched on Phu Quy Island off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, August 17, 2020. Photo: Tri Beo

Local residents look at the baby sea turtles that have just hatched on Phu Quy Island off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, August 17, 2020. Photo: Tri Beo

Baby sea turtles are returned to the ocean on Hon Tranh Island off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, August 17, 2020. Photo: Tri Beo

Baby sea turtles are returned to the ocean on Hon Tranh Island off Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam, August 17, 2020. Photo: Tri Beo

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