- Unshelled/immature eggs retrieved inside the abdominal cavity upon necropsy.
- Shelled eggs inside the oviduct.
- 144 clean shelled eggs ready for incubation.
Update: During the necropsy, we recovered shelled eggs inside the oviduct of the dead Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). This is one of the reasons why I stayed up to 12 midnight with the team because I was suspecting that the Turtle was about to lay a clutch of eggs but was unsuccessful. A similar case was also documented by veterinarians abroad who conducted necropsy in Sea Turtles. I thank them for publishing their articles online; it guided us in the egg retrieval and incubation. There were unshelled eggs recovered also but we just disposed of them because they are not a good pick for incubation. This morning, around 144 shelled eggs were transported to the place (Vista del Mar, Upper Calarian, ZC) where this Hawksbill was found and were “laid” in a safe sandy place. We are hopeful that in 2-3 months’ time we can see 144 live hatchlings ready to find a life in the marine world.
PS: I heard a lot of locals claiming that a Turtle egg is a good cure for anemia. It’s not true! Please don’t patronize those people selling harvested Turtle eggs and report immediately to the nearest DENR office or to your barangay officials.
Source: Christopher Luyong Facebook