Rare sea turtle spared in Egypt before slaughter

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Posted: Aug 29, 2011 10:52 AM
Rare sea turtle spared in Egypt before slaughter

Health and food inspectors in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria found a vendor offering to slaughter a rare sea turtle more than 90 years old.

After getting a tip, the inspectors rescued the 250-kilogram (550-pound) turtle from the butcher block and turned it over to the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries. It now is on display at Alexandria's aquarium.

According to a report by Egypt's MENA news agency on Monday, the vendor also violated fishery laws when he caught the turtle.