A businessman in Nha Trang city in the central province of Khanh Hoa recently bought 2 rare turtles to hand over to local authorities who later released them back to the sea.
Nguyen Quoc Anh Bao told Tuoi Tre that he had caught some people carrying the endangered animals on a delivery tricycle to sell. Bao then decided to buy the creatures for VND500,000 (US$25) and then handed over them to local authorities.
Nguyen Van Dau, deputy head of Khanh Hoa Province’s Aquatic Resource Exploitation and Protection Sub-department, said the 2 turtles belong to the Chelonia mydas, a highly protected turtle species in the world.
The turtles were freed to the Hon Mot sea in Vinh Hoa Ward on Tuesday.