Udupi: A few residents of Muloor in the beach area with a concern for the environment and conservation of rare species of animals did a great act of kindness by saving a rare sea turtle in the sea on Saturday.
Local youth Dinesh Putran and others found some white material floating in the sea, while fishing at a distance of 3 kms from the shore. On inspecting by going closer, they found it to be a sea turtle entangled in a fishing net which was feverishly struggling to free itself.
They brought it to the shore and relieved it of its entanglement in the net. Then they let it free into the sea to fend for itself.
A local professor said that it was a Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) which is considered a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae.
Putran was assisted by his friends Santosh Kotian, Balakrishna Poojary, Madhukar, Jitesh, Shekhar and others.
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