Huge Haul of Slain Sea Turtles Tests Vietnam

National Geographic

Vietnamese authorities seized 7,000 dead sea turtles in 2014, but the trader suspected of being behind the killings has yet to be arrested.

In November 2014, authorities in Vietnam confiscated 10 tons of dead sea turtles, the single largest seizure of marine turtles ever. Photograph by Doug Hendie
In November 2014, authorities in Vietnam confiscated 10 tons of dead sea turtles, the single largest seizure of marine turtles ever. Photograph by Doug Hendie

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Mr. K had never imagined it would be this bad. After leading a three-year undercover investigation of sea turtle smuggling in Vietnam, his home country, those efforts had finally yielded tips from informants, landing him on the doorstep of three warehouses in a rural area outside Nha Trang, a beach town in Khanh Hoa Province, about 250 miles northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

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