Giant leatherback turtle found dead in waters off Bohol island
TAGBILARAN CITY –– A giant leatherback sea turtle locally known as “pawikan” was found dead by a local fisherman in the waters off the island village of Cataban in Talibon town on Sunday.
Elpidio Palaca, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-Talibon, said the marine reptile was 1.9 meters long, 160 centimeters wide, and 200 kilograms in weight.
Palaca said Edgardo Abellar, a fisherman, informed the local government about the dead turtle after the latter found it around 11 a.m.
Palaca said the sea turtle could have died after running out of oxygen.
Leatherback sea turtles, named for its unique “leathery” shell, are the world’s biggest turtles.
They are among the endangered species since their population has continued to decline over the years.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial director Charlie Fabre said the dead sea turtle would be brought to Tagbilaran City by personnel of the National Museum of the Philippines-Bohol and Bohol Environment Management Office on Wednesday. It will be used for scientific and exhibition purposes by NMPB.
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