80 kilo turtle caught in Madalena do Mar

Rare species released later

Turtle photographed in Madalena do MarThe Diario reports that a Madeiran fisherman caught a turtle yesterday while fishing in Madalena do Mar. It is believed to be a rare species in these waters and probably protected.

After the surprise of finding that it was not a fish that he had caught, Victor Cardoso eventually brought the turtle ashore, reportedly after much fighting.

Releasing the hook from the mouth of the marine animal was the obvious option, and he freed it into the sea again, still having time to take some photos to record the moment.

He said the sea turtle would have weighed about 80 kg

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