2 sea turtles released into the natural environment

22/02/2023, 09:42

BTO - Hon Cau Marine Protected Area Management Board coordinated with the HCMC Fisheries Sub-Department and the Wildlife Protection Organization (WAR) to release two sea turtles to the natural environment on February 20, 2023.

According to Hon Cau Marine Protected Area Management Board, the 2 sea turtles, weighing 12 kg and 18 kg respectively, are olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) also known commonly as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a species of turtle in the family Cheloniidae. As known, the two turtles were rescued from captivity at a business facility by the Wildlife Service (WAR). Both newly-released turtles are in healthy, agile condition. After preliminary examination, measurement of size, weight, and tags, these individuals were released back to the natural environment by the functional sector.

The turtles above are all healthy and agile

It is known that sea turtles are listed in the World Red Book of Endangered and Critically Endangered Species. Although sea turtles usually lay about 100 eggs at a time, almost only 1-2 baby turtles can survive to adulthood. In the wild, baby sea turtles are often threatened by predators such as sharks, bears, leopards, foxes or seabirds.

Measure the size of sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild.

In recent years, the Management Board of Hon Cau Marine Protected Area has rescued, received and coordinated with relevant units to release more than 40 individuals of sea turtles into the wild. Not only that, the NR staff have "assisted" the birth of thousands of nests and released millions of sea turtles into the wild. Hopefully, when public awareness is raised, the risk of extinction of sea turtles will decrease and the "rescued" sea turtles will live long in the wild.


According to Bao Binh Thuan
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