Photo courtesy of April Bernal.

EL NIDO, Palawan – Two captive green sea turtles found tied by a rope to a mangrove tree were rescued by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Barangay Sibaltan last May 8.

According to a spot release Tuesday, the two turtles were caught by an unnamed person who decided to leave them by the river bank among the mangroves.


Photo courtesy of April Bernal.

The PCG said they received a call from a certain Benedicto Cabiguen, a local resident who saw the turtles, prompting them to send a response team.

The turtles were initially brought to the barangay hall of Sibaltan for inspection by personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Palawan Council of Sustainable Development (PCSD) and were subsequently released back to sea.

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