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Dead green sea turtle washes ashore in El Nido

Assistant protected area superintendent Carolyn Esmenda covers the carcass of a green sea turtle that washed ashore on the beach of Bacuit Bay in El Nido on Wednesday, March 6. Also in photo are personnel of the Coast Guard Substation El Nido. (Photo courtesy of El Nido Plastic Battle FB Page)

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.

The dead green sea turtle on the beach of El Nido. (Photo courtesy of Assistant PASu Carolyn Esmenda)

“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.

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