Hundreds of endangered sea turtles were saved from certain death after sailors interrupted poachers off the coast of the Philippines.
The rare animals were set to be sold to Chinese nationals, but the buyers managed to escape, the Filipino navy said.
Illegal trade where exotic animals are being sold to China has expanded in recent years as the nation's economy has grown.
The Filipino navy personnel collected the sea turtles and measured them before taking them back to shore.
The animals were put in makeshift cages near Balabac on Palawan island, from which they will be released back into the wild.
Sea turtles are not the only victims of illegal animal trade between China and the rest of the world.
This year South Africa reported a record numbers of rhinos killed for their horns.
Ivory trade has grown across the entire African continent and wildlife activist are blaming China, where ivory tusks of elephants are used to make ornaments and rhino horns are ground down to use in traditional medicine believing it can cure impotency and cancer.