Egypt's environment ministry releases endangered sea turtle that was on display at a Suez restaurant

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 Jun 2018

Endangered sea turtle in Suez
Endangered sea turtle as portrayed in one of Suez's fish restaurants before the Egyptian environment carried out with efforts to save it (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian environment ministry on Facebook)

Egypt’s environment ministry said on Saturday that it has released into the wild an endangered sea turtle that was being displayed at a sea food restaurant in Suez.

In an official statement, the ministry said that it had received a complaint by Suez-based volunteer group Blue Team, which advocates for preserving the environment and maritime life.

The statement did not specify the sea turtle's species.

The ministry’s environmental affairs agency ordered the formation of a committee to verify the incident, after which the restaurant’s owner delivered the sea turtle to the committee.

The sea turtle was released into the wild in coordination with the Institute of Marine Sciences on the Gulf of Suez’s Sadat Beach.

The Egyptian environment ministry said that citizens should report such incidents to the hotline 19808, which operates daily until 7pm.

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