Image of Asia: Returning turtles to the sea

By The Associated Press | August 13, 2014 | 10:35 AM EDT

Balinese men and foreign tourists help release sea turtles into the ocean on a beach in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. With the help of tourists, Bali police released nine turtles which they seized last month from illegal poachers. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

In this photo by Firdia Lisnawati, locals and tourists on the Indonesian island of Bali help release endangered giant green turtles into the sea. Police Col. Djoko Hari Utomo says the turtles being released were among 17 turtles confiscated from a poacher last month. The poacher allegedly bought them from fishermen and they were to be sold to a food stall. Turtle meat is a traditional delicacy in Bali, although Indonesia has banned their trade and consumption due to concerns about dwindling numbers and the possibility of a tourist boycott. Turtles, especially green turtles, are among several protected species in the vast nation of 17,000 islands.


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