Taipei, A local fishing boat has spotted and helped rescue a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle entangled in a fishing net as it was salvaging the net near Wang’an Island in the Penghu Islands.
The captain of the “Happy 168,” a fishing boat registered in Wang’an, spotted the turtle Monday as it was gathering the net but rather than try to extricate the small animal from the net it called the Wang’an Coast Guard for help.
After arriving on the scene, Coast Guard officers cut the fishing net with scissors to free the young sea turtle measuring about 24 centimeters long by 19 centimeters wide.
They later brought the animal to their Tanmen Inspection Office and poured water over it to prevent dehydration.
Once it was determined that the turtle did not have any obvious injuries, it was turned over to the sea turtle shelter of the Fisheries Research Institute.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, hawksbills are a critically endangered species. In Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture has listed hawksbills as an endangered species, the highest level of protected species.
Their shells were once used for decorative purposes, but the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species now outlaws their capture and trade.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel