Trapped sea tur­tle re­leased

Sun Star Bacolod - - TOP STORIES - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

A FE­MALE Olive Ri­d­ley sea tur­tle lo­cally known as “pawikan” was ac­ci­den­tally trapped in the fish­ing net of two fish­er­men at Barangay Cen­tral Tabao in Val­ladolid town early morn­ing Wed­nes­day.

Emma Flore­sarandilla, fo­cal per­son for solid waste man­age­ment of the Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Menro), said the fish­er­men were at the “Tanga­ban Trese” fish­ing area at 1 a.m. when the sea tur­tle was trapped in their net.

Flores-arandilla said the fish­er­men brought the “pawikan” at the coast­line, then re­ported to au­thor­i­ties the in­ci­dent.

The sea tur­tle has a length of three feet and width of 28 inches. It weighs about 65 kilo­grams.

Menro per­son­nel along with those of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice and Ban­tay Da­gat in­spected the an­i­mal. No in­juries were found, Flores-arandilla said, adding that the sea tur­tle was then re­leased back to the sea.

“Our fish­er­folk in the area are al­ready trained on how to re­spond to these in­ci­dents es­pe­cially on how to han­dle stranded sea an­i­mals,” she added.

Though, they con­tinue to re­mind all fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the lo­cal­ity to im­me­di­ately re­port to au­thor­i­ties if in case “pawikan” or other sea crea­tures are found in their area.*

MARK CABRILLOS PHOTO

AU­THOR­I­TIES in­spect the fe­male Olive Ri­d­ley sea tur­tle or “pawikan” that was trapped in the fish­ing net of two fish­er­men in Barangay Cen­tral Tabao, Val­ladolid town yes­ter­day morn­ing be­fore re­leas­ing it back to the sea.

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