Never touch sea turtles: Taiwan Coast Guard

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — Taiwan Coast Guard (海巡署長室) warned local and foreign divers on Wednesday against approaching endangered species in Taiwan, such as sea turtles, with a video shot in Liuqiu Island (小琉球). 

You can be fined between NT$60,000 and NT$300,000 or receive a sentence of less than one year in prison if you are found guilty of harassing protected animals, according to Article 18 of the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法).

Green sea turtles are large air-breathing reptiles that inhabit tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world. They are listed as endangered species worldwide because of human disturbance. 

Against this backdrop, you should be aware of regulations when swimming in Liuqiu,  Pingtung County which is known for having a high density of endangered sea turtles.

Around 160 green sea turtles live in Liuqiu Island, according to various tallies. 

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