The Department of Environment and Naturan Resources (DENR) has released three endangered hawksbill turtles in Boracay in celebration of Ocean’s Month.
On Wednesday morning (May 1) the department released the hawksbill turtles in the ocean to live normally in their natural habitat.
Director of DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Dr. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez said they prefer them to live in their natural habitat and reproduce rather than live in an enclosed aquarium.
“So we want them to grow in their natural habitat. Hindi iyong nasa loob lang ng isang aquarium or nasa isang palanggana (Not live inside an aquarium or in a basin). And of course, that’s part of conservation. We want them to swim freely around, hopefully find their mate, hopefully reproduce,” she said.
The DENR assured that the turtles are healthy and in good condition to survive in the ocean. They also placed tags on the turtles to be able to carefully monitor them.
They also advise the public to leave the turtles alone in case they see the turtles swimming in the ocean.
“Huwag silang hulihin. Huwag silang kunin. Huwag silang hawakan. Huwag nang lapitan. Just let them be, (Don’t catch them. Don’t poach them or touch them. Just let them be)” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)