2 green sea turtles released in Albay

By Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN Bicol

Posted at Aug 27 2009 12:52 AM | Updated as of Aug 27 2009 08:54 AM

Two green sea turtles were released to the sea in Albay province Wednesday.

A green sea turtle locally known as pawikan was released Wednesday noon off the shore of Rawis in Legazpi City by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).

The turtle weighed approximately 40 kilos and was reportedly tried to be sold by an unidentified person to Board Member Awyn Baldo of Albay province’s 2nd district.

Upon seeing the turtle however, Baldo reportedly told the man to just leave the turtle warning him that what he was doing is illegal citing that the sea turtle is listed as an endangered specie.

The man was reported to have immediately fled leaving the turtle behind.

On Wednesday it was turned over to Cenro-Legazpi which then released it at the shoreline at Naval Forces Command in the Bicol region.

Another green sea turtle meanwhile was also released Wednesday by local officials of Libon town also in Albay province.

The town’s agriculture office said the sea turtle weighed almost 50 kilos. It said that its was the same sea turtle that was captured and released last 2000. It was recognized by the officials because it still has the seal of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources attached to it.

Albay province, according to environment officials, is home to some species of pawikan.

According to July Tingzon, also a board member of the 2nd district of Albay and head of the environmental protection office of the district, strict implementation of the law must be observed so that the people would involve themselves in the preservation of endangered species.

The presence of sea turtles in the sea shore of Albay is reportedly a manifestation of its clean environment.

As of January, ten different species of pawikan have reportedly been turned-over to Cenro-Legazpi. By Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN Bicol