Zamboanga City Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ariel C. Barrientos leads personnel from the Biodiversity Conservation Unit last July 24 in releasing a rescued female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) at the Great and Little Santa Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape (GLSCIPLS), Zamboanga City.
The juvenile Green Sea Turtle which weighs 9.11 kilograms with a curved carapace length of 45 cm and width of 43 cm was rescued by a certain Melvin Pusta a resident of the coastal village of Mulu-Muluan, Mercedes.
Mr. Pusta immediately brought the marine turtle to CENRO ZC for their appropriate action.
Upon thorough examination, it was determined that the turtle had no external injuries and was very active.
Thus, CENRO Barrientos immediately released it at the GLSIPLS which is a declared protected area under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) in the city.
Green Sea Turtles are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as it faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future.
Most threats faced by Green Sea Turtles include overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gears and loss of nesting beach sites.Photos Courtesy of CENRO ZC