A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) was rescued at Nagtabon Beach in Barangay Bacungan on Tuesday afternoon by local authorities.
The sea turtle weighed 130 kilograms with its carapace at 91 centimeters in length and 83 in width.
Resort owner Christian Kattinger and Bonivie Budao informed the local authorities about the beached sea turtle to prompt the rescue.
The marine reptile was eventually released back to its natural habitat by Jose Larios, and Jessica Labaja of Large Marine Vertebrate (LAMAVE); Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO); City ENRO; and local officials of Bgy. Bacungan, with the assistance of a certain resident Manns Didenger.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2004 listed categorized the green sea turtle as “endangered”, which essentially stated that its wild population is a high risk of facing extinction.
It was listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 2007, banning their commercial trade.
A similar species was also reportedly rescued last month, March 20, along the shores of Puerto Princesa City at Sitio Barimbing in Brgy. San Manuel.