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South-central Vietnamese province releases endangered sea turtle into sea

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 15:33 GMT+7
South-central Vietnamese province releases endangered sea turtle into sea
An olive ridley sea turtle is released into the sea in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, March 2021. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

The Department of Fisheries in Binh Dinh in collaboration with the De Gi border checkpoint in Phu Cat District in the same south-central Vietnamese province recently released an olive ridley sea turtle into the sea.

The turtle was discovered by Phan Dinh Lin while the resident of Cat Khanh Commune in Phu Cat District was pulling his fishing net on De Gi Lagoon on Tuesday evening, Nguyen Cong Binh, deputy head of the provincial Department of Fisheries, said on Thursday. 

Shortly thereafter, Lin voluntarily handed over the sea turtle to the authorities to release it to the sea.

According to local authorities, the reptile was verified to be an olive ridley sea turtle, with the length of one meter and the weight of about 120kg. The sea turtle was in good health.

Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known commonly as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a rare marine reptile in the group of endangered species according to the classification of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 

“After receiving the turtle, the functional forces protected and tended to it before releasing the turtle back to a safe sea location,” said Binh.

An olive ridley sea turtle is released into the sea in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, March 2021. Video: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre
An olive ridley sea turtle is released into the sea in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, March 2021. Video: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre

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