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Good News! Boracay Is Now A Haven For Turtles

The island continues its efforts for rehabilitation.
PHOTO: Haron Deo Vargas

Sixty-six Olive Ridley turtles were released back into the wild in Boracay on January 10, 2020. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of Region 6 expressed their support for this latest project and the continuing vigilance of the stakeholders on the island regarding turtle conservation.

Olive Ridley turtles are named after the color of their shells which are an olive green hue. While they have the most number among sea turtles, they are still considered vulnerable because they nest in small places. Disturbances on their nesting sites can easily affect their entire population and put them at risk of extinction, according to the Daily Guardian.

The turtles released in Boracay were found in November 2019 in front of Movenpick Resort & Spa. They were incubated for 65 days before they were returned to the wild.

"[These] hatchlings’ release and the recent visitation of [a] whale shark last November 2019 in Boracay are good signs that the island is getting better and better because of the on-going rehabilitation that the government and the stakeholders are doing," said Francisco E. Milla Jr., Regional Executive Director of DENR 6 as cited in the DailyGuardian article.

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"Sea turtles and other marine life are fundamental creatures that are helpful in maintaining the health of our coral reefs and the whole marine life as well [.] [A]nd by that[,] I would like to call on the public to avoid throwing your garbage anywhere, specifically in the bodies of water."

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The Community DENR branch on the island is also monitoring two other turtle nesting sites which are expected to hatch soon.

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