The local person (left) hand over the turtle to border guard troops.

The Border Guard Command of the Ba Ria - Vung Tau Port Border Gate said they had received the rare reptile from a resident in Long Toan ward of Ba Ria city earlier the same day.

This man said he found the turtle, weighing 4kg, when it was being sold near Rach Ba Bridge of Vung Tau city. Having known it is of a rare species, he bought it for VND 1.8 million (about USD 80) and handed it over to the border guard force.

The hawksbill sea turtle, scientific name Eretmochelys imbricata, is one of the five sea turtle species in danger of extinction in the world and Vietnam. In Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Con Dao island district has recorded many hawskbill sea turtles.

Source: VNA