Maritime group releases turtle hatchlings

Personnel of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group assists in the release of 118 Hawksbill sea turtle hatchlings on the shore of Dos Palmas Island Resort, Honda Bay on Tuesday night, January 16.

Around 118 hatchlings of the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles were released Tuesday night along the shores of Dos Palmas Island Resort, Honda Bay, Barangay Sta. Lourdes.

PO2 Primrose Flores , spokesperson of the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (2nd SOU-MG) said the release of the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) hatchlings happened around 10:00 p.m. on January 16.

“Sadya lang nangitlog doon ang mga pawikan. Binantayan at in-assist ng biologist ng Dos Palmas ang mga itlog para hindi magambala ng kung ano. Ayon sa biologist, time na rin para i-release,” she said.

She added that the event was supervised by their commander, Superintendent Greg Togonon, and Glezell Batin, environmental biologist of Dos Palmas.

“It was an event kung saan nag-participate din sa release ang mga guests ng Dos Palmas na ang iba ay first time nakakita ng sea turtle hatchlings. May mga duty kami na personnel na sila nag-witness dahil mandate namin ay to protect wildlife and marine environment,” Flores stated.

Belonging to the family Cheloniidae, Hawksbills are primarily found in tropical coral reefs. Adult ones are often seen resting in caves and ledges around these reefs. They are highly migratory and inhabit a wide range of marine habitats.

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