Endangered turtle released into ocean near Hue hinh anh 1The fishery department inspects the turtle before releasing it back to the ocean (Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn)

Thua Thien-Hu​e (VNA)
- Staff of the fishery department in central Thua Thien-Hue province has released a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) back into the ocean.

The turtle has been listed as an endangered species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list.
Earlier, traffic police found the marine reptile in a local warehouse in the province’s Loc Tien commune in Phu Loc district when they were passing by the location for duty.

The fishery department then came for checks on the condition of the reptile’s health, before releasing it back to nature.

The turtle weighs 12kg and is 50cm long and 40cm wide.

According to the department, they have rescued and released 17 turtles back into the ocean in the past four years.

Many Vietnamese cook turtles for their meals, particularly the drinkers, since they are unaware of wildlife protection as well as the violation of laws.

Vietnamese law prohibits hunting, trading, and storing of wild animals. However, the enforcement of the law has yet to be effective, leading to violation of cases around the country.-VNA