Eighty-three (83) baby Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles emerged from a nesting site and were guided and released in the coast of Brgy. Bignay II, Sariaya, Quezon on January 10, 2022.
The eggs were found last year around November, along the coast of Barangay Bignay. The eggs were immediately transferred to a guarded nesting site to protect them from predators and prolonged submersion on the water.
Municipal Agriculturist of Sariaya, Mr. Sherwin William Rosales, immediately reported to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Tayabas regarding the hatching.
The Olive Ridley sea turtle is only one (1) of the five (5) marine turtles that can be found in the Philippines. This wildlife is also one of the smallest sea turtle species, with an average measurement of 2 to 2.5 feet long, and weighs 36 to 50 kilograms. The incubation time is 45 to 60 days. Olive Ridley is listed and classified as “Endangered” based on the Department Administrative Order No. 2019-09.
Sariaya, Quezon is identified as one (1) of the nesting areas for female sea turtles within the jurisdiction of CENRO Tayabas. Sea turtles' nesting period is from October to December.###