The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The National Guard saved the life of a green turtle that was about to be gutted and robbed of its 400 eggs by poachers.

The rescue took place near the Pacuare River in Limón. The turtle was tied upside down by its legs by two subjects who left it there after noticing the police presence.

It is presumed that the turtle would be butchered by these people to extract its eggs and meat.

Once untied the reptile was released so that it could continue its reproductive cycle.

According to biologist Mauricio Vargas, who works for the environmental department in Limón, each turtle spawns between 110 and 120 eggs per clutch.

According to Vargas, in just one season these reptiles made five to six clutches, which could represent the spawning of about 600 eggs.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica