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Green sea turtle rescued after getting entangled in fishing line

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By Gabriela Baron

A juvenile green sea turtle was rescued after being found to have a fishing line entangled to its body in Mati City, Davao Oriental on Saturday.

(Screencrap from Winston Plaza / MANILA BULLETIN)

(Screencrap from Winston Plaza / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to a rescuer, the turtle was found along Dahican Beach in a weak state.

GMA News reported that the fishing line was almost two meters long.

Rescuers took care of the turtle’s wounds and released it back into the sea on Sunday after it has been marked and declared healthy enough to go into the waters.

Green sea turtles are found in all temperate and tropical waters throughout the world, however, their kind is already listed as an endanger species. Their numbers are reduced by boat propeller accidents, fishnet-caused drowning, and the destruction of their nesting grounds by human encroachment.

Meanwhile, a study conducted by University of Queensland revealed in 2015 revealed that most green sea turtles mistake plastic for food as it usually resembles sea grass.

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