Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.. Personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Ramon Magsaysay released an Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) on January 13, 2021 at the coastal shores of Barangay White Beach, Pagadian City.
The said turtle was seen along the sea shore of Purok Lapu-Lapu, Barangay White Beach, Pagadian City by Mrs. Ridgelyn Mondelar who then immediately reported it to Barangay Kagawad Mr. Rolando Bongcawil who in turn called CENRO Ramon Magsaysay.
The turtle was examined and was seen to be healthy and in good condition. It weighs 40kg and has a length of 63cm and width of 65cm. After proper tagging and documentation, it was released back to the sea.
Olive Ridley turtles are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since there has been a significate decrease in its population due to marine pollution and other factors which affects the turtle’s natural habitat.
DENR IX encourages the public to immediately report any sighting of wildlife concerns for the agency to be able to promptly conduct rescue and retrieval operations.
Photos credits to CENRO RM