300 kg-plus sea turtle caught and released in central Vietnam

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A 300-kilogram-plus sea turtle caught in the central province of Quang Binh on Friday

A sea turtle weighing over 300 kilograms was caught in fishermen's net in the central province of Quang Binh on Friday, Dan Tri reported Saturday.

The giant reptile was released to the sea by local authorities the same day after they had paid Ngo Minh Hoa, who caught it, compensation for damages caused by the catch, according to the news website.

The turtle's species, however, was not known.

Dan Tri said Hoa, a fisherman in Le Thuy District, found the turtle stuck in his net when he was fishing some 500 meters off shore.

He then called other fishermen to help him bring it to the shore and informed local authorities, the news report said, adding that it was the first time a turtle got stuck in local fishermen's net near the shore.

Five of the world's seven species of sea turtles found in Vietnam are the loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea).

According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the loggerhead and green turtles are "endangered," while the hawksbill and leatherback turtles are considered to be "critically endangered."

It lists the olive ridley as "vulnerable."

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