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7 protected sea turtles released into sea in Penghu Islands

7 protected sea turtles released into sea in Penghu Islands

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) One hawksbill sea turtle and six green sea turtles were released into the sea Wednesday by their caregivers at a sea turtle shelter in Penghu, an island group off the southwestern coast of Taiwan, drawing nearly 200 spectators. The sea turtles were all rescued and brought to the Penghu Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center at different times over the years after being found injured or in poor health, according to center staff. The hawksbill turtle, for example, was taken to the center in April 2009 after its shell was penetrated by a speargun, they said. One of the green sea turtles had only three legs, while the others were mostly baby turtles that had just hatched when they were brought to the center. Since the sea turtle rehabilitation center was established in 1997, it has provided shelter and care for 278 sea turtles and has returned 163 back into the sea. Wednesday's release was the 35th time such a "return-to-the-wild" activity had been conducted. (By Chen Chi-ching and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 19:37 GMT+08:00