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 pawikans hard upper shell was measured at 49 centimeters with a width of 51 centimeters. (PNA)