But what did the field of cryptozoology or cryptozoologists actually contribute to the rediscovery of this turtle? I'll wager nothing. From what I understand these turtles are genetically identical to swinhoei which was already well documented and held in captivity in Vietnam and China. It wasn't cryptozoology that kept the memory of this turtle living in Hoan Kiem Lake alive, it was the local folklore that did that.
Now this I completely agree with.
Not to sure about this one. Do you have any info? I cant find much about it.