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VIRAL | Dead sea turtle in Catanduanes prompts call for action

Enraged netizens are calling for immediate action from the government and the private sector as photos and a video of a severely injured turtle identified as a hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) found floating in the waters between Caramoran to Palumbales Island, Catanduanes, has been circulating on social media this afternoon.

Dead sea turtle in Catanduanes prompts call for action
Dead sea turtle in Catanduanes prompts call for action
The turtle, which is estimated to be a meter in length, is suspected to be a victim of dynamite fishing, and did not die of natural causes.

According to the person who took the photos and video, ithe turtle's body was beginning to fester. Its shell was shattered, and parts of its flesh have begun to come off, uploader Chessa Lin Atole observed.

According to Atole, she and her husband decided to share the photos and video on Facebook because they were so disturbed by what they saw.

"Hindi po ako makatulog," she said of her distress in an interview.

Meanwhile, John Ronel Gil of group Catanduanes Biodiversity furnished the following statement to BICOL STANDARD regarding the circulating images:

"Unang una sa lahat gusto ko magpa salamat sa nag upload ng vid kasi sa pamamagitan ng ganitong paraan naipapa hatid natin ang kasalukuyang nang yayari sa ating mega fauna and flora ng Isla.ang masasabi kolang sa nakita ko is nakaka lungkot and nakaka panghina dahil isa na namang yaman ng karagatan ang nawala and considered napo itong hawksbill turtle as critically endangered.malapit napo silang mawwala.out of hundreds to thousands of egg ayun sa mga expert isa lang ang nakaka survive sa adulthood karamihan namamatay sa sakit, nakakain ng ibang hayop at namamatay dahil sa tao.hinuhulu sila for food, pet, sports and souvenir.pero ang pinaka masakit isipin ay namamatay silang lahat dahil sa basurang itinatapon ng mga tao aa karagatan.one of its diet is sea jelly which is magkapareho sa basurang itinatapon natin dilang sa size pati texture neto.itong mga hayop na gaya turtles will bite anything kain lang sila ng kain and dinila alam na plastic na pala ang nakakain nila kaya and kalalabasan nito ay di ma digest2 nauuwi sa kamatayan."

The hawksbill sea turtle or Eretmochelys imbricata is classified as a critically endangered species, which means it is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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