The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), through the assistance of the PNP Maritime Group (MG) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), retrieved a rotten Green Sea Turtle (𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘮𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘴) on May 14, 2021.
Said turtle, listed as “Critically Endangered species” under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521, was discovered submerged in the nearby part of the Cowrie island’s reef, Barangay Sta. Lourdes by the personnel of PNP MG and PCG on May 13, 2021.
The PNP MG and PCG were conducting a search and rescue operation of a person who went missing and whom they suspected to be somewhere in the area at that time. As they tried to locate where the strong disturbing stench in the area was coming from, hoping it would lead them to the aforementioned person, they found the turtle instead, which was already in its advanced decomposition stage. They immediately brought it to the Honda Bay station and reported the incident to PCSDS, which dispatched a retrieval team in the area the following day.
The Green Sea Turtle, whose carapace is slightly intact with its head and plastron being shattered, has a curved carapace length of 110.5 cms., and curved carapace width of 96 cms.
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