Hawksbill sea turtle
found in Jiabong (Samar)
By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA
January 19, 2012
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– A mature hawksbill sea turtle was found in the shallow waters of
Barangay Maligaya, Jiabong, Samar on Saturday, January 14, 2012 by
fisherfolk Ulpiano Labit.
Labit then informed
his agricultural technician Sidney Uy who alerted some authorities
about the find.
said that the hawksbill sea turtle was not injured. He suspected it
could have just gone astray, he added that he is aware of the law that
protects these creatures and approached the AT to know what could be
done to the sea turtle.
In a text message, the
agricultural technician said that the sea turtle weighed 10 kilograms,
and measured 25 cm long and 15 cm in width.
The same sea turtle
was released near Mahaba Island in the municipal waters of Jiabong two
days after, just as the experts learned it was well enough to be
released on the wild.
According to Regional
Director John Albaladejo of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources (BFAR), the sea turtle is one of the early maturing marine
turtle and also one of the smallest marine turtles.
Marine turtles are
protected by various international treaties and agreement including
Republic Act Number 9147 known as the Wildlife Conservation and
Another AT Glicerio
Meniano said that the fisherfolks of Jiabong (home to green mussel
culture) are aware of the laws that protect endangered species, they
too help by informing their neighbors and fellow rural folks about
protecting these marine animals.