Green turtles released back into the sea after successful rehabilitation
- Written by arounddb, 15 August 2016
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has confirmed that they released three juvenile turtles back into Hong Kong waters on Friday.
The green sea turtles were all found by members of the public - two of them at beaches in Sai Kung and one at a refuse collection depot on Tin Hau Temple Street in North Point - between January 2014 and July 2016. The turtles were taken to Ocean Park where they were assessed by vets and nurtured back to health.
The smallest turtle measured just 45 centimetres long and the biggest 66 centimetres. They ranged in weight from 8.6 kilograms to 34.5 kilograms. When fully grown, the green sea turtle can measure up to 1.5 meters in length and can weigh over 300 kilograms.
Before releasing the turtles back into the sea, the AFCD tagged and microchipped them and attached satellite transmitters to their shells. Data gathered from tracking the turtles' movements will help the AFCD formulate appropriate conservation measures.
The endangered green turtle is the only species known to nest in Hong Kong.