Largest batch of “Pawikans” released this year

DAVAO CITY— At least 160 Hawksbill sea turtles that have just been hatched on Punta Dumalag coast in Talomo District had been released to the sea on Tuesday. Officials said that this year was the biggest batch of hatchlings released. The ceremony of the sea turtles’ release administered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was held at Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, where Mayor Sarah Duterte was the guest.

She said the release of the new hatchlings made her “feel good.” Hawksbill sea turtle or pawikan is one of the five marine sea turtles in the Philippines, and is considered a critically endangered specie in the world listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix I prohibiting the capture and trade of the beautiful sea creature. Due mostly to human impact, despite the turtle’s international protected status under national and international laws, its eggs are still being eaten, and is often killed for its flesh and exquisite shell that is used for decorative purposes.
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