25 green sea turtle hatchlings sent back home in Batanes
TUGUEGARAO CITY—Twenty-five juvenile green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were released back to their natural habitat in Basco, Batanes on Monday (Sept. 21).
The hatchlings were discovered by employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along the Pahanebneban Beach, a known nesting site of marine turtles, around 11 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 20).
Forester Dionicio Deundo, technical services chief of DENR in Batanes, said the DENR office immediately freed the young pawikan to the bay area an hour later to avoid stress to the endangered animal.
Victoria Baliuag, provincial environment and natural resources officer-in-charge, said the beach area was identified as a nesting site after the first batch of hatchlings was discovered there on Aug. 11.
“Since then, we have deployed teams that conduct regular monitoring to protect the hatchlings from predators and to release them immediately after hatching. The area has also been fenced with nets,” she said.
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