Authorities in the central province of Quang Nam have released 10 critically endangered sea turtles into the sea, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Monday.
The 10 hawksbill sea turtles were previously poached before a Ho Chi Minh City-based company bought them from poachers and handed them over to authorities in Quang Nam's historic town of Hoi An.
The turtles were returned to the sea at Cu Lao Cham (Cham Isle) Sea Conservation Area. The area's management board micro-chipped them before the release.
The biggest of the batch weighs 55 kilograms and the smallest five kilograms. The 10 turtles were named after the islands of the Cu Lao Cham archipelago.
Listed as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is one of five sea turtle species found in Vietnam and is one of seven sea turtle species found throughout the world.
The others found in Vietnam are the green sea turtle, the loggerhead sea turtle, the olive ridley sea turtle and the leatherback sea turtle.
They are all in danger of extinction.
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