PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan - A huge Green Sea Turtle was found stranded in a fish trap in one of the villages here, Tuesday.
Residents who discovered the sea turtle immediately coordinated with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to ensure that the turtle will be properly rescued and released back into the wild.
The Wildlife Traffic and Monitoring Unit of PCSD identified the animal as an adult male Green Sea Turtle that is four-feet long and three-feet wide. Based on their estimate the turtle weighs between 80 and 100 kilograms.
The sea turtle's tag showed that the turtle came from the Turtle Islands Park in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.
The government intends to bring the sea turtle to Honda Bay where it will be released back into the wild.
Green Sea Turtles are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as people poach their eggs and kill them for their meat and fat that are used as exotic stew ingredients in some countries.