Vietnamese NGO Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) has rescued an endangered sea turtle being advertised for sale on the internet, online newspaper VnExpress reported.
The 0.1-kilogram green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is 20 centimeters in length. It was advertised on the internet by a student in Hanoi's Tay Ho District for the price of VND6.5 million (US$312).
After ENV officers discovered the advertisement, they reported it to the district's environment police team, which successfully persuaded the student to hand over the turtle.
The turtle was then released to the sea.
The green sea turtle 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 turtles -- the hawksbill sea turtle, the loggerhead sea turtle, the olive ridley sea turtle and the leatherback sea turtle -- are found in Vietnam and are in danger of extinction.