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Trapped turtle returned to sea in Negros Occidental

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 30 — Officials of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) returned an endangered female hawksbill to the sea after it was trapped in a fish cage in Talisay City, Negros Occidental recently.

Fisherman Edcel Diotay, who discovered the hawksbill sea turtle known as “pawikan”, reported the incident to Punong Barangay Elsa Cabrera of Barangay Zone 15 of Talisay City.

Cabrera then asked the assistance of Forester Rosendo Lopez, Jr., chief of the wildlife unit of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bacolod City to rescue the pawikan.

Upon inspection, Lopez found superficial wounds on its right flipper. A metal tag bearing serial numbers PH 1071 G was also found clipped at the upper left flipper of the marine turtle.

The pawikan’s hard upper shell was measured at 49 centimeters with a width of 51 centimeters. (PNA)

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  • Miguel Maestral April 27, 2015, 6:15 PM

    Why are some people so careless about these creatures? They are decreasing in numbers. We would see their remains on accessories that we wear, some we would see in restaurants all tangled in nets in preparation for cooking! I am no Wildlife Expert just a kid with a passion for animals and I care about saving these magnificent creatures.

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