By: Mary Beth McAndrews
A green sea turtle was rescued last week by Judicial Investigation Police after they received a tip by a neighbor, according to The Tico Times. The 264-pound turtle was found on its back and bound in a private home. It was suffering from six harpoon wounds, inflicted during its capture. This is the second sea turtle in three weeks to be rescued from ending up in someone's bowl. The first was found in the trunk of a car and suffers from critical injuries, including a harpoon wound to its lung.
These turtles are captured and eventually sold to be put in turtle soup. Green sea turtles are already listed on the endangered species list and if the harvesting of both their meat and eggs doesn't stop, this species could disappear forever. They are protected by the Sea Turtle Conservation and Protection Law and those found poaching the creatures can face up to three years in prison.
Both are being rehabilitated at the Jaguar Rescue Center.
Learn more about protecting sea turtles here!