A green sea turtle was found in a decomposed condition on the beach of Bacuit Bay in El Nido on Wednesday.
Assistant protected area superintendent (PASu) Carolyn Esmenda said the marine turtle (pawikan) appeared to have been dead for a while floating at sea before it washed up on the beach.
She said the green sea turtle may have gotten entangled in a fishing net, but they are also not ruling out the possibility that its death was caused by plastics.
“No plastic [na nakita], but evidence of strangling meron. Madaming possibilities, maaaring fishing nets, or others [ang nag-cause ng death]. But we cannot rule out plastics. Wala lang nakitang plastic noong nakita namin,” Esmenda said.
Esmenda added they did not perform necropsy anymore because the carcass was already discharging bad smell and was decomposed.