San Andres, Quezon ─ 44 hatchlings were reported to Reverie Seguit, MENRO of San Andres, Quezon by Ms. Merilyn Belmonte of Sitio San Lorenzo, Brgy. Poblacion, San Andres, Quezon.
According to Ms. Belmonte, they saw a pawikan laying eggs near their residence two months ago. The location of the eggs were reachable by water during high tide which exposes them to dangers brought about by predators. This causes the residents to transfer and bury the eggs with higher elevation. The hatching site was also protected by a fence made of net. They were able to transfer 50 marine turtle eggs and 44 of them successfully hatched on February 4, 2022.
Forester Herbert Y. Hutamares, Focal of Wildlife Conservation Resources, identified these hatchlings as olive ridley based on the number of its carapace scutes with 6-7 pairs in irregular pattern. All were released by the MENRO and residents of the barangay with the assistance of Mr. Aldrin De Leon, hired Park Ranger of CENRO Catanauan, Quezon.###