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Local Environmentalists Save Giant Leatherback Turtle Trapped in Freshwater Swamp

Saturday, 12-June-2021 15:38

The rescue of the giant leatherback turtle, which is included in the list of protected marine animals, was carried out by the youths of Paslaten Village.
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The rescue of the giant leatherback turtle, which is included in the list of protected marine animals, was carried out by the youths of Paslaten Village.
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MINAHASA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A giant leatherback turtle has been rescued by environmentalists in Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi, after it was discovered that the giant turtle had been trapped in a freshwater swamp on Oping Beach, Kakas District, on Saturday (06/12/2021).

"We found the turtle trapped in freshwater swamp area around the coast. So we quickly rescued it," said environmentalist Ronald Kumendong in Minahasa.

He said the rescue of the giant leatherback turtle, which is included in the list of protected marine animals, was carried out by the youths of Paslaten Village, Kakas District, who at that time were on Oping Beach.

"It is only recently that there have been turtles that are likely to lay eggs in this beach area, as turtles had never been found in this area before," he explained.

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Furthermore, Ronald said it took a dozen people to release the leatherback turtle back into the sea due to the turtle's gigantic size.

"We, together with youths who care about environmental conservation, immediately released the turtle into the sea," he said.

Roland also hopes that everyone pay attention to environmental conservation, especially the protection of marine biota animals such as leatherback turtles.

"This is also a momentum to commemorate Environment Day and World Ocean Day. Besides that, it is also a common awareness for us to no longer hunt turtles or take their shells," he added, as quoted and reported by Antara.

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