By Vo Hai December 19, 2020 | 12:03 pm GMT+7 vnexpressThe rare Rafetus swinhoei, or Hoan Kiem (Sword Lake) turtle, spotted at Dong Mo Lake in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the Asian Turtle Program.Tests have confirmed that the turtle recently discovered in Hanoi’s Dong Mo Lake is a rare Hoan Kiem turtle, authorities announced on Friday.
Ta Van Son, director of the city Fisheries Department, said a group of its researchers at Dong Mo Lake spotted the turtle on October 22.
Scientists weighed, measured and took samples for genetic testing and released the animal back in the lake.
Experts from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and Vietnam National University Hanoi analyzed its DNA and concluded it belongs to the species Rafetus swinhoei.