Philippines: Dead Sea Turtle found in La Union
By Carmela Jimenez, 3rd November 2016;
The carcass of an adult
Olive RidleySea Turtle was found floating along the shore of Barangay Canaoay, San Fernando City in La Union Tuesday afternoon.
According to Rolando Cunanan, he was about to take a bath at the beach when he saw the Turtle.
“Pagpunta ko doon, gumanon ‘yung alon, nakita ko pawikan. Nakita ko ulo, sabi ko, patay na ‘to kako,” he said.
(When I went there, I saw the turtle. When I saw its head, I knew it’s dead.)
The Turtle weighed between 35 to 45 kilograms. It also had a wound on its head.
The residents believe that the Turtle got entangled in fishing gear. They later buried the dead Turtle.
On October 31, a male Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) was also washed up the shores in the same area. The residents tried to take it back to the water but it still died.
Based on the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Database collated and analyzed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) in the University of the Philippines Diliman, there were already 19 species of stranded cetaceans (Dolphins and Whales) recorded in Region 1.
Authorities told the public to handle marine mammals with caution. If in doubt, call authorities who have knowledge in rescuing stranded marine mammals.
Source: ABS-CBN News
The photo shared on the Barangay Information & Activities Group’s Facebook page, stated to be from Canaoay, shows that the one mentioned in the article is not an Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), but a Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).