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Con Dao National Park releases some 123,000 baby turtles to sea

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Con Dao National Park, off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, has rescued and released nearly 123,000 baby turtles to the sea in the year to date, a park representative said yesterday, September 28.

Sea turtles are rare and endangered species and are being protected by many countries, including Vietnam.

The Con Dao National Park has long been a place where a large number of sea turtles choose to lay eggs. The national park’s management board has implemented a host of sea turtle conservation programs on studying the ecological characteristics of the species, protecting nesting habitats and nests, setting up hatcheries and implementing action programs to protect this endangered species.

In January-September, the national park rescued and relocated 2,510 sea turtle nests to its hatcheries, incubated close to 1,600 egg nests and released 122,867 baby turtles to the sea, reported Lao Dong Online.

The forces at the park also tagged and tracked 402 female turtles during their nesting process to lay eggs on the beaches in Con Dao.

Besides, the park management board teamed up with the Con Dao Resort Company to execute a plan to restore and preserve spawning grounds for sea turtles at Dat Doc Beach. This year, the two sides have moved 73 nests with nearly 5,700 sea turtle eggs to hatcheries at Dat Doc, with 54 nests already hatched and more than 3,700 baby turtles being sent back to the sea.

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