A dead endangered green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), a fishing spear still lodged on its neck, was found by local residents along the shore of Nagtabon Beach in Barangay Bacungan Sunday.
The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), in a report released Tuesday, said the turtle measured 60 centimeters long and 50 cm wide and weighed 90 kilograms.
According to PCSD, the endangered reptile has been dead for at least two days when found by a local resident. It was buried near the beachfront area of said village.
Village councilor Marlon Balmores condemned the unfortunate death of the pawikan under the hands of people “who should have been taking care of them”.
The green sea turtle is considered as one of the endangered species based on PCSD Resolution No. 15-521. It is also currently preserved and protected under Republic Act No. 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
(With a report from Romar Miranda)