ILOILO City – Three turtle weaklings under rehabilitation were recently released off the shores in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.
The local government returned two Olive Ridleys (Lepidochelys olivacea) and one Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles to their home safely.
Haron Deo Vargas, Malay marine biologist, took care of the juvenile turtles while they were on a rehab.
Vargas named these turtles as “Paw-Paw”, “Pew-Pew” and “Pon-pon.”
“Paw-paw” and “Pon-pon”, two Olive Ridley turtles were left behind by its co-hatchlings during their different release last February.
“Pew-pew” meanwhile was weak as seen by divers at Bolabog Beach in this island.
Vargas noted the juvenile turtles undergone treatment for skin disease before they were released.
Francisco Milla Jr., executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6, meanwhile thanked the local government of Malay for their contribution to Boracay’s rehabilitation program.
“The constant releasing and sighting of marine animals in Boracay Island only indicates that the water there are now cleaner than before,” Milla said. (With a report from DENR Region 6/PN)