The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Batanes on Monday released 25 green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) hatchlings along Pahanebneban Beach in Basco town.
Forester Dionicio Deundo, DENR Technical Services chief, said the 25 hatchlings were discovered by their personnel at past 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, while conducting regular monitoring at the nesting site identified along the area. These were consequently released at 12:27 a.m. after documentation to avoid stressing the species, he added.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)-Batanes officer-in-charge Victoria Baliuag said the area was identified as nesting site after the first batch of hatchlings was discovered on August 11.
“Since then, we have deployed teams that conduct regular monitoring to protect the hatchlings from predators and to release them immediately after hatching. The area has also been fenced with nets,” she added. (PNA)