By John Mahusay
TUKURAN, Philippines – Environment officials have released Saturday an Olive Ridley Turtle back to its habitat in Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tweets the retrieval and release of the turtle.
WELCOME HOME, BABY!🐢
An Olive Ridley #Turtle, classified as Vulnerable species by International Union for Conservation of Nature, was retrieved and released by CENRO Ramon Magsaysay in Zamboanga del Sur on Nov. 21.#BiodiversityPH
📸DENR Zamboanga del Sur/CENRO Ramon Magsaysay pic.twitter.com/dqMbIqGY13
— ＤＥＮＲ (@DENROfficial) November 25, 2020
Residents of Barangay Lower Bayao, according to the Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) personnel, have found the turtle.
Some concerned citizens reported their find to authorities.
Initial inspection and examination by the responding CENRO personnel found the turtle to be “healthy and in good condition.”
The turtle weighed about 40 kilograms. It has a length of 71 centimeters and width of 69 centimeters.
After tagging and documentation, the environment officials released the turtle back to its habitat.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN) classifies the Olive Ridley Turtle as Vulnerable.
Their vulnerable status, the World Wildlife Fund explains, “comes from the fact that they nest in a very small number of places.”
Any small disturbance to its nest beach has a “huge repercussions on the entire population.” (THE MINDANAO SUN)