Hawksbill sea turtle rescued in Zamboanga City

Chrisel Almonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 16 2019 03:04 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A team from the City Veterinary Office rescued a juvenile male Hawksbill sea turtle stranded in the mangrove area Wednesday on Sta.Cruz Island, Zamboanga City.

The hawksbill turtle weighed 4.85 kilograms. It is 45 centimeters long and 35 centimeters wide. 

The turtle was brought to the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology for further examination.

The team observed an immobile and inflamed right flipper which was then treated with antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, vitamins and mineral supplement.

According to Arnedo Agbayani of the City Veterinary Office, the turtle's x-ray result shows no fracture.

"Most probably na-bugbog lang during its stranding sa mga mangrove. Still undergoing treatment and hopefully ma-release ito one of these days," he said.

Hawksbill turtles are classified as critically endangered.