3,500 endangered turtles rescued in Colombia

February 21st, 2008 - 5:39 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, Feb 21 (IANS) Around 3,534 endangered turtles have been rescued from a boat in Magdalena river in the country’s northern Bolivar province by the Colombian navy, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Thursday. The navy rescued 3,534 endangered turtles from a boat and arrested five people, a military spokesman said here. The “icotea” turtles were destined for illegal meat markets, he added.

The boat transporting the endangered species was stopped by the navy for a routine check near Magangue town in the Caribbean province of Bolivar, the official said.

The turtles were handed over to the regional environmental authorities.

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