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Marine turtle released in

Quang Ngai province, Vietnam

When local authorities found a 1.7 kg Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) which was kept in a small freshwater pond at a trader's house in Binh Son district, Quang Ngai Province, central Vietnam they were not sure what to do. The animal had apparently been kept in fresh water for a long time which made them worry that if they confiscated and released it back into the sea it might die due to shock. However, on the 10th of October 2011 Quang Ngai Marine Resource Protection Agency visited the trader again. Assessing that the animal was still strong it was taken to the quiet Binh Hai beach and released on the same day by the Quang Ngai Marine Resource Protection Agency and Binh Hai Commune Police with a member of the Asian Turtle Program. After being released the turtle swam straight back out to the sea.

Press release by: Nguyen Van Luc - Asian Turtle Program

31st October 2011




Above: The lucky Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) before being releasing back at Binh Hai beach

Above: The turtle headed quickly towards the water after being released on the beach


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