HAWKSBILL TUR­TLE RES­CUED

A hawksbill tur­tle, be­lieved to be around 40-50 years old, was found along the shore weak and wounded.

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Maasim, Sarangani – A weak and wounded hawksbill tur­tle was res­cued along the jetty area of Sarangani En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion (SEC) power plant near the award-win­ning Ka­manga Marine Eco-Tourism Park and Sanc­tu­ary in Maasim mu­nic­i­pal­ity late Novem­ber, this year.

SEC of­fi­cials said the ‘pawikan’ was found along the shore by jetty se­cu­rity per­son­nel Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, se­cured in a repos­i­tory tub. They im­me­di­ately co­or­di­nated to the Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Of­fice (Menro) and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) of Maasim.

The marine tur­tle, be­lieved to be 40-50 years old, mea­sures 100 cm. in curve cara­pace length and 100 cm. in curve cara­pace width, and weighs about 111 pounds. It was re­leased on Novem­ber 23 as au­thor­i­ties seen the wounds it sus­tained on its stom­ach and flip­pers were al­ready healed. Au­thor­i­ties sus­pect the ‘pawikan’ was wounded by a boat pro­pel­ler.

“Pawikans com­monly sur­face to breathe and rest af­ter dives… their be­hav­ioral habits com­monly ex­pose them to boat strikes,” said Forester Jes­sica Guilao, Pro­tected Ar­eas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Sec­tion Chief, of the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Cenro) in the nearby town of Ki­amba.

The ‘pawikan’ sal­vaged by SEC was the big­gest tur­tle ever res­cued along the shores of Sarangani Bay, ac­cord­ing to Guilao, who led its tag­ging and re­lease at the LGU-Maasim’s Marine Tur­tle Hatch­ery at the Maasim Pawikan Con­ser­va­tion and Pro­tec­tion Cen­ter (MPCPC), a joint ini­tia­tive of the DENR and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGU) of Maasim and Lu­masal, along with the Al­can­tara Foun­da­tion and SEC of the Al­sons Power Group. Also join­ing the ac­tiv­ity were mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials led by Menro Ale­jan­dra Si­son, trained barangay MPCPC vol­un­teers, PNP per­son­nel and some of SEC em­ploy­ees.

Guilao added sight­ing and re­cov­ery of the mother hawksbill tur­tle (Eret­mochelys im­bri­cata) is rare con­sid­er­ing Maasim and its nearby coastal towns Ki­amba and Mai­tum are more pop­u­larly known to be nest­ing beaches of olive ri­d­ley tur­tles (Lepi­dochelys oli­vacea). /

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Maasim, Sarangani - Forester Jes­sica Guilao, Pro­tected Ar­eas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Sec­tion chief, of the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (3rd, left) and Maasim Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fi­cer Ale­jan­dra Si­son (ex­treme right) are joined by barangay vol­un­teers, PNP per­son­nel and vol­un­teer-em­ploy­ees of Sarangani En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion (SEC) dur­ing the tag­ging and re­lease of a hawksbill tur­tle at the Maasim Pawikan Con­ser­va­tion and Pro­tec­tion Cen­ter on Novem­ber 23.

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