A rare turtle was accidentally caught by fishermen over the weekend off Aparri but was released over the weekend, the Philippine Coast Guard said Saturday.
In a report posted on its website Saturday evening, the Coast Guard said the green turtle got caught in a fishnet off Dodan village in Aparri Friday.
The fishermen informed a team from the Coast Guard Northeastern Luzon unit of the incident, and that the turtle was "unintentionally" caught.
The turtle measured 43 by 38 inches, the Coast Guard added.
A team was sent to coordinate with the local Department of Environment and Natural Resources to release the turtle off Punta village.
The Marinebio.org website said the green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, is found in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
"Males never leave the water, but females swim to the shore to lay their eggs," it said.