|Forest rangers and border guards of northern Quảng Ninh Province release the turtle into the sea on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo
QUẢNG NINH — A rare green sea turtle has been released back into the wild after becoming trapped in fishing nets.
The reptile weighs 17kg and is about 60cm long. It was found by a local fisherman in his net on late Sunday in Hải Hà District, northern Quảng Ninh Province.
The turtle, which is classed as an endangered, was handed over to the forestry protection division of Hải Hà District who then released it back into the water on Monday.
Recently, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc approved a programme for conserving endangered sea turtles species of Việt Nam until 2015, with a vision to 2030.
The programme aims to protect and sustainably develop the populations of the endangered species and their habitats, thereby helping to protect biodiversity in the country. — VNS