Penghu releases 15 turtles into wild as part of conservation efforts

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Penghu County government released 15 green turtles and hawksbill turtles back into the sea at a beach on the offshore island on Monday, watched by around 100 elementary school children, local residents and tourists, who cheered Taiwan's marine resource conservation efforts.Of the 15 wild turtles, nine were rescued by fishermen and coast guard officers after being found injured or having eaten plastic bags and the six others were baby turtles born from 2015-2016 and taken into care by the Penghu Marine Biology Research Center, said Penghu County Magistrate Chen Kuang-fu.A woman from France, identified only as Marie, said it was the first time she has seen sea turtles released into the wild and she lauded Taiwan's turtle conservation work.Since the temporary shelter for sick and injured sea turtles was established at the Penghu Marine Biology Research Center in 1997, it has cared for 389 sea turtles, including 327 green turtles and 50 hawksbill turtles.In total the shelter has released more than 230 turtles back into the wild and is currently caring for 43 others as part of the county government's turtle conservation efforts.