Fishermen net rare sea turtle in Quang Nam

VOV.VN - A rare sea turtle seems to be living off the coast of the central province of Quang Nam, possibly lured here by warm El Niño waters.

Local newspapers report that fishermen saw something in their net and after closer examination realized it was an unfamiliar turtle and called local authorities to notify them of the catch.
  

Tran Quang Kien, deputy head of the Fisheries Department of Capture said the brown shelled turtle measured 40cm in length and 30cm in width and weighed 5.5 kilos.

He confirmed that it is one of the rarest sea turtles in the world and is an endangered species. It hatches and gives birth once every 30 years, he said, noting the chances are that only one in every 1,000 babies will survive to maturity.

Once common to the area, this is the first time in the past 10 years it has been found in Quang Nam Province, said Mr Kien, adding that the turtle was released at 10a.m. on November 16 back into the sea.

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