Almost 200 newly-hatched sea turtles (pawikan) were released in the sea of Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the shore from Dipolog City up to Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte serves as a breeding area of pawikan. The Barangay Dohinob is one of the areas with a lot of turtle eggs.
More often, the kind of pawikan that lay eggs in the area are Olive Ridley, which is the most common, including Green Sea turtle and Hawksbill turtle.
Olive Ridley and Green Sea Turtle are both endangered species. Moreover, Hawksbill turtles are now considered as critically endangered.
Out of almost a hundred laid eggs of sea turtles, only 1% is the survival rate.
“Marami kasing predators at ‘yong itlog madaling mabasag kasi malambot lang ang shell nito. At ‘yong ibang itlog dahil dito nga sila sa baybayin nangingitlog bumabalik sa dagat lalo kung aabutin ng maalon na panahon,” said Jay Mark Balbosa, an employee of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources of Roxas.
Turtles have a great contribution to balancing the biodiversity of the ocean. That is why the DENR reminded the public to take care and do not harm the sea turtles.
November until April are the months when turtles lay eggs.