1. This is the deepest of two gash injuries suffered by the Turtle. This cut went through the shell, skin, fat and muscle.
  2. Here, you can see both gashes quite clearly. The gash on the left seems to have only pierced the shell, while the one on the right is much deeper, and could prove fatal.
  3. A full shot of our patient.
  4. The Turtle was having trouble breathing, which was a great cause for concern.
  5. You can see how deep is the cut into the Turtle, as it cut through a significant depth into its shoulder muscles.
  6. This is not the typical Field Dress uniform, but as CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA was in-transit at the time he received the assistance call, between two events (both requiring Service Blue-Alpha), we understand. — with Randall Parker.
  7. One of the Wildlife Sanctuary personnel evaluates the Turtle’s injuries.

Today was another busy day for the 609th Squadron.

In between attending the Oath Taking & Governance Take Over Ceremony For the Municipality of Malay, and while traveling to the 609.1 Division Meeting, DDAS-Operations CDR RANDALL PARKER PCGA received an urgent text message from DENR regarding an endangered “Pawikan (Sea Turtle) with a fatal wound on its carapace (shell).”

This Turtle, with two deep gashes to its shell, was discovered in the Station Three area of Boracay by the crew of one of the local activities boats, who had seen it struggling (Apparently, based on its injuries, it was the victim of a run-in with a speed boat). The crew gave the injured Turtle to PNP officers at the outpost located in front of Nagisa Coffee Shop.

Said officers contacted BTAC who, in turn, contacted DENR-Kalibo. Their marine officer happened to be in Boracay already, and he contacted CDR PARKER for assistance.

Upon meeting-up and examining the Turtle, both the DENR Official and CDR PARKER transported the injured animal to Boracay’s Wildlife Sanctuary for inspection and treatment.

While it was determined to be unlikely that the injured Turtle would survive, due to breathing difficulties and its severe injuries, personnel from Wildlife administered antibiotics, stabilized the shell, and stitched the Turtle’s injuries.

As of this time, the status of the Turtle is unknown to us, but we will update, if we hear anything.

If you encounter Sea Turtles, please be mindful of their endangered status. If you should find any of these animals in distress, please contact DENR, PCG, PCGA or PNP for assistance.

Thank you!

UPDATE: As of approximately 9:00am, this morning, we were informed by DENR that the Sea Turtle succombed to its injuries.

Source: Philippines Coast Guard Auxilliary Squadron 609 Boracay Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A dead critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) washed ashore in Station 3 of Boracay Island this afternoon. Its carapace cracked open due to some strong force, possibly a boat strike incident.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

A dead endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) washed ashore in Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island this morning.

Source: Djila Winebrenner Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Philippines: Dead sea cow found dead off Boracay Island

9th August 2014;

A dead sea cow, locally known as Dugong (Dugong dugon), was found dead along the shore off Station 3 in the resort island of Boracay.

Based on a belated report from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management in Boracay, the dead sea cow was afloat in the shore off Station 3 in the island resort when spotted by a passing boatman on Thursday.

It was estimated to be six feet in length and weighed some 30 to 50 kilos.

Mr. Nilo Subong of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management in Boracay Island said the dead sea mammal had a gaping wound on its back believed to have been inflicted by a bladed instrument that caused its death.

He believed the young sea cow may have possibly strayed or parted ways from its mother and was mistaken by fishermen as a dolphin.

It was learned that the sea cow is considered an endangered species.

The Protected Areas and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management in Boracay is currently investigating the incident.

Source: Philippines Today

Philippines: Dead sea cow found dead off Boracay Island

Philippines: Dolphin found dead in Boracay

3rd August 2014;

Strong waves brought a dead dolphin to the shore of Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay Island.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Boracay detachment said the dead dolphin was spotted on Friday by several sailboat enthusiasts some 30 meters away from the shoreline that drew a mob of tourists in the island resort.

The dolphin was estimated to be about one meter in length and weighs some 200 kilos.

The Coast Guard authorities said the sea mammal had a wound near its tail but they could not really determine the cause of its death.

The Maritime Police and Bantay Dagat personnel decided to bring the sea mammal in mainland Malay, Aklan where it was buried.

Source: InterAksyon

Based on photos shared by Bryan S Madera on Facebook, the carcass was that of a Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris).

Philippines: Dolphin found dead in Boracay

The dolphin that was found dead in Boracay was found floating close to the dive site Friday’s Rock. It was found by divers floating at the surface and from the looks of it, it died a for a while already as with the skin was peeling off and one of it’s eye was already gone probably from sea birds.

Source: Rainier Jon Dela Cerna, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Photo of what is likely a Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) carcass found floating close to the dive site known as Friday’s Rock, off Boracay. This carcass looks very different compared to the dead dolphin documented by Bryan S Madera in terms of size, patterns, and injuries. Also, Friday’s Rock is located some distance from Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the other carcass was found, so it’s possible that these represent two different carcasses.

These photos show a Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris) carcass that washed up on Boracay.

Source: Bryan S Madera, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook