A 4kg hawksbill turtle, a rare species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world, was released in the central province of Binh Dinh on June 25.

Vo Ngoc Lai, who lives in Dong Da ward of the province’s Quy Nhon city, caught the hawksbill turtle on June 24 and handed over the animal to relevant agencies and local authorities.

The next day, the Binh Dinh Sub-department for Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection in coordination with local fishermen and volunteers in the city’s Nhon Hai commune released the turtle back into the sea.

According to Tran Thi Bich Ha from the sub-department, the hawksbill turtle is one of five sea turtle species that inhabit Vietnam’s waters.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora lists the turtle as in danger of extinction, therefore it is illegal to catch or trade the species.-VNA