The turtle weighs nearly 15 kg and measures 70 cm in length (Photo: VNA)

Quang Binh (VNA) – A rare turtle was found and released back into the ocean by locals on October 8 at Bao Ninh beach, Dong Hoi city, in the central province of Quang Binh.

A group of workers at a construction site near Bao Ninh beach earlier the same day came across the turtle that became stuck on shore. It weighs nearly 15 kg and measures 70 cm in length and more than 50 cm in width.

The turtle, scientifically known as Lepidochelys olivacea, is featured on the red list of threatened species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, indicating that it is an endangered species.

Vietnamese laws prohibit the hunting, trading, transporting, storing, and killing of wild animals. –VNA