Sea turtle rescued by Costa Rican police from car trunk 

July 6, 2015
2 Comments

When police stopped a car in the city of Limón Friday evening they were looking for guns or drugs. What they found was a 100-kilogram green sea turtle, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Police stopped a car driven by a man with the surname Solano near the Limón cemetery and asked him to open the trunk of his vehicle. Inside was a green sea turtle measuring 1.4 meters from beak to tail. The turtle was on its back with its flippers bound.

The turtle sustained two large gashes, likely from harpoons used to catch it, according to Fernando Alegre, the veterinarian at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, where authorities delivered the turtle for treatment Saturday. Besides the deep cuts, Alegre said that the turtle had been “brutally” tied by its captors and had injuries from the cords.

Alegre said the animal was “very weak” but was being treated in hopes of eventually releasing it back into the Caribbean.

“Until it improves, we can’t be optimistic,” Alegre told The Tico Times.

The driver of the car and three passengers were handed over to the Prosecutor’s Office to face charges.

Green sea turtles can weigh up to 320 kilograms (700 pounds). The creatures nest on Costa Rica’s Caribbean beaches from July to October and are often poached for their meat and eggs.

On June 30, police arrested five men found with the meat and shell of an endangered hawksbill sea turtle.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica, Brazil battle rumors of tension and injury before high-stakes matchup
World Cup 2018
66 views
World Cup 2018
66 views

Costa Rica, Brazil battle rumors of tension and injury before high-stakes matchup

AFP and The Tico Times - June 19, 2018

The stakes couldn't be higher: if Costa Rica loses to its opponent on Friday, it will be out of the…

3 attractive areas for expat living in Costa Rica
Moving to Costa Rica
110 views
Moving to Costa Rica
110 views

3 attractive areas for expat living in Costa Rica

Phoebe Conner - June 19, 2018

Costa Rica is a surprisingly diverse country for its size, with tropical rainforests, mountainous regions and of course, breathtaking coastlines.…

Download printable Sloth Kong World Cup brackets
World Cup 2018
88 views
World Cup 2018
88 views

Download printable Sloth Kong World Cup brackets

Katherine Stanley - June 19, 2018

Ready to keep track of the World Cup results? Eager for a little ray of Sloth Kong on the wall…