The green sea turtle's population is falling because of poachers hunting them for meat and egg harvesting.
An endangered turtle returned to a Maldives beach to lay its eggs - only to discover a runway had been built on the historical nesting site.
A source from Maafaru Island Council told local news website The Edition: 'Despite the construction of the runway, the frequency with which turtles visit the island for nesting purposes has not decreased.'
Local sources said the sea turtle, who may have spent years travelling back to the beach to lay her eggs, was released into the sea. She was reportedly in good health.