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DENR with LGU Ivisan release four green sea turtles

BACK HOME. The Green Sea turtles (Chelonian mydas) are released back to their natural habitat led by PENR Officer Valentin P. Talabero of Capiz province (2nd from left) with Ivisan Municipal Mayor Neri N. Yap (2nd from right), SB Member Catherine San Antonio (extreme right) and Brgy. Basiao Chairman Rolando Unasin (extreme left).

The Gree Sea Turtles were measured and tagged prior to its release back to its natural habitat.

 

There’s no better and safer place than home. This seems to be the right cliché for the recently released four Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the province of Capiz.

              Four Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) were trapped inside a net of a fish coral, locally called baklad in the coastal barangay of Cabugao in Ivisan, Capiz, recently. Local folks namely: Efren Erojo helped out the two turtles while the other two were taken by Ronnie Almano and Julie Occeño. The said residents who captured the animals turned them over to Mayor Felipe Neri N. Yap.

Upon receiving the information on the captured pawikans, PENR Officer Valentin P. Talabero of DENR Capiz together with Forester Nonilon Molina, Chief of the Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS), Forester Shirley Villasor, PAWS Focal Person and Dapnie Ocampo, headed to the area to verify the information.

The DENR team conducted an inspection on the animals and recorded the following tag numbers: PH 1210 I which measures 41 cm. in length, 44 cm. in width; PH 1211 I, 40 cm. in length, 38 cm. width; PH 1212 I, 40 cm. in length, 39 cm. width; and PH 1203 I, 42 cm in length, 41 cm width.

           PENRO Talabero and Ivisan Municipal Mayor Yap led the release of the four turtles alongside SB Member Catherine San Antonio and Brgy. Basiao Chairman Rolando Unasin at the Island of Mabaay in Brgy. Balaring, Ivisan, Capiz. “We are grateful to the LGU of Ivisan for their initiative in promoting the protection of sea turtles. This will surely intensify the campaign to strengthen marine resources conservation and protection in the province of Capiz,” said PENRO Talabero.

 Pawikans are considered endangered sea creatures and these marine species should be released back to the sea to keep them away from poaching of unscrupulous individuals,” said Mayor Yap.

 Green sea turtles are second largest after the leatherbacks and can weigh up to 500 lbs. and can reach four feet in length. Green sea turtles are hervibore and love to dine on sea grasses, seaweeds, algae and other forms of marine plant life.

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