Mati City records 105,000 baby turtles releases
March 03, 2021 - Wednesday 8:03 PM by CIO MATICIO MATI
For the last three years, the local environmental conservation group Amihan sa Dahican-Save our Seas, has released 105,000 baby turtles into the sea of Dahican here in the City of Mati.
Mati City recorded the highest number of released turtles among other cities in the Philippines according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The city is abundant of marine wildlife that every year, marine turtles or “pawikan” lay eggs on the shore of Dahican. Incredibly, three species of turtles nest on Dahican beach — Green turtle, Hawksbill, and Olive Ridley.
Amihan sa Dahican-SOS is committed to help conserving marine wildlife species. They patrol every night on the beach to record turtles laying eggs and relocate hundreds of eggs to the hatchery to protect them from predators.
According to Winston Plaza, one of the founders of the group, there are currently 5,000 eggs of Olive Ridley in the hatchery and it will take 50-60 days for them to hatch.
“Sa isa ka bulan ika-tulo mangitlog ang usa ka pawikan ug muabot kini ug lampas 100 nga itlog,” Plaza said.
He added that a turtle will take an hour to lay eggs because they will dig a hole, lay eggs on it, and cover it again with sand to protect them from predators.
“Kung asa sila gipanganak, didto sad sila mubalik para mangitlog. Sensitive sad ning mga pawikan nga kabalo sila kung asa ang limpyo ug safe nga lugar para mangitlog,” he said.
The group also conducts coastal clean-up twice a week to maintain the cleanliness of the beach and save the sea creatures from harm.
“Kailangan kaayo namo ug sako, karas ug pala kay mahal kaayo among ginapalit nga sako tag baynte ang isa. Kulang kaayo sa kadaghan sa mga basura labaw na ang mga plastics,” Bhabes Cose, one of the scholars of the group said.
Meanwhile, the group was recognized during the 6th Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan and was featured in the multinational television channels like the National Geographic and Animal Planet.
Aside from marine conservation activities, they offer shelter to kids and help them in their education and share surfing and skimboarding skills with tourists since the team are all extraordinary surfers.
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