The endangered species became tabled during storms that hit the central region back in November.

The sea turtle was rescued and cared for by local fisherman

After getting trapped, fishermen rescued the animal before handing him over to the Cham Island’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) management board who worked in conjunction with Da Nang-based SaSa Marine animal rescue team.

Although the turtle had some cuts, he made a full recovery and was released back into the sea on February 24.

Experts say the turtle weighs 10.5kg and is estimated to be around 10 years old.

Last year, a female Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys Olivacea) was rescued and returned to the ocean after five months of care at the MPA.

The Cham Islands MPA said at least 30 sea turtles have become trapped in fishing nets off the islands since 2018. Two-thirds die after becoming entangled.

The city of Hoi An has been building sea turtle conservation centres on beaches of the Cham Islands, and expanding the core zone for special protection to 30 a total of 33,000ha.

Only seven species of sea turtle exist in the world, and five of those are found living in Vietnam.

Source: VNA