(CMR) The Department of Environment said a large hawksbill sea turtle was rescued from poachers by its conservation officers and the RCIPS on Sunday, 2nd April.
The turtle had been tied up on land and luckily was still alive when found thanks to the fast response of the rescuers. After a health assessment, she was released back to sea, the DoE stated.
According to the Department, hawksbill turtles are a critically endangered species, with numbers declining worldwide. The number of mature breeding hawksbills in the Cayman Islands is extremely low and there are many years where no hawksbill nesting occurs at all.
“Taking any species of sea turtle from the wild is an illegal offence because their numbers are so fragile that it's unsustainable, even for the small populations of our Islands,” the DoE stated.
Please help protect Cayman's wild turtles from illegal poaching by reporting any suspected illegal activity to DoE’s Conservation Officers on 916-4271 and by only purchasing turtle meat from the Cayman Turtle Centre, never from an unknown source.