Endangered sea turtles found dead across the Western Visayas
Dead green sea turtles, which are considered endangered, have been found across the Western Visayas. A female turtle was discovered along the shores of resort island Boracay last month, while another one turned up in Cauayan the following week.
The turtle found in Boracay was already in a state of decomposition with its organs detached and a slice found along its carapace, which may have been caused by the propellers of a boat or ship. Meanwhile, the turtle found in Cauayan was already severely decomposed.
Authorities believe, aside from boats and ships, the animals may also be impacted by human intervention, such as the harvesting of their eggs.
“Our Department always supports the protection and conservation of our marine animals,” stated Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region VI Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. “I encourage all to stop throwing garbage into oceans that slowly but surely kill our marine animals especially turtles.”
According to National Geographic, green turtles are endangered and often killed for their meat and eggs.
They also note, “Their numbers are also reduced by boat propeller accidents, fishnet-caused drowning, and the destruction of their nesting grounds.”/WDJ