Endangered sea turtle released in national park

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An endangered sea turtle, netted by a fisherman, was released back into the sea in the central province of Ninh Thuan Monday.

The green sea turtle, which weighs an estimated 80 kilograms, was released in the Nui Chua National Park.

The turtle was caught by a fisherman in neighboring Khanh Hoa Province, and handed over to a team of border police, who then released the animal into the park.

The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is protected from exploitation in Vietnam.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, five of the planet's seven--green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle and leatherback sea turtle--are found in Vietnam and are in danger of extinction.

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