BUSAN, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Two injured green sea turtles that were rescued from Busan and Geoje Island returned to the sea on October 28 after a year of recovery and rehabilitation.
The endangered turtles were rescued after being caught in fishing nets last year. They had superficial cuts and other injuries, and showed symptoms of exhaustion and dehydration. They were moved to the Sea Life Busan Aquarium to receive medical attention and treatment.
After a year of rehabilitation, it was decided that the green sea turtles were ready to return to the sea.
Satellite tracking devices were attached to the turtles by the National Institute of Biological Resources and the Sea Life Busan Aquarium to analyze their travel routes and habitat. Officials anticipate that based on the information provided by the devices, they will be able to establish better plans to protect this endangered species.
As they have a greenish hue due to a layer of fat beneath their shells, the turtles are called ‘green sea turtles’. They are a grade 1 globally endangered species, and are designated as sea creatures to be protected by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.
The number of green sea turtles living in the wild is decreasing because of sea pollution, and many have drowned after being caught in fishing nets. In addition, their habitat is diminishing with the increased development of the coastline.
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