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Indonesian police have confiscated 87 endangered sea turtles from a fishing boat off the resort island of Bali (AP)

Indonesian police have confiscated 87 endangered sea turtles from a fishing boat off the resort island of Bali (AP)

Indonesian police have confiscated 87 endangered sea turtles from a fishing boat off the resort island of Bali (AP)

Eighty-seven endangered sea turtles have been confiscated from a fishing boat off the resort island of Bali, Indonesian police have said.

The boat's skipper was arrested.

He told police the green turtles were caught in waters off Sulawesi island.

The reptiles have an average size of more than three feet (one metre) and can weigh up to 440lbs (200 kilos).

Turtle meat is a delicacy in the predominantly Hindu province of Bali, where each creature could be sold for up to 560 US dollars (£350).

The green turtle lives in tropical waters around the world, but its numbers have been steadily decreasing for several generations, largely due to human encroachment on the beaches where they lay their eggs.

PA