Two Hawkbill turtles found in a mangrove area of Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City were rescued by officials and residents of the said barangay on Sunday, July 10.
Two other turtles were found in the said area, both decomposing, which were then later buried at the Irawan compound of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development. Authorities are still investigating who might be responsible for bringing the turtles to the area; the perpetrator/s will be facing penalty under RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act.
Personnel from the DENR- Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) documented and tagged the animals before they were released at the Puerto Princesa Bay.
The hawksbill is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is considered as one of the smaller sea turtles.