NGO offers to rehabilitate
endangered sea turtles
BY JUDY F.PARTLOW
Members of Physalus, a non-profit organization founded in Italy with a marine conservation project in the Philippines, met Thursday with officials from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office II on ways to rehabilitate four endangered sea turtles bred in captivity for more than 20 years in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental.
The Physalus, which initiated its Bohol-based Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) Project-Philippines in 2010, headed by Dr. Alessandro Ponzo, showed interest in the sea turtles at the Oceanarium of the Mina Undersea World in Zamboanguita town seeing their “dismal” state in recent media reports.
Ponzo, with marine biologists Elson Aca and Kristina Pahang, and professional underwater photographer/ videographer and environmentalist Steve de Neef, met Thursday with CENRO II chief Mario Aragon and Wildlife Protection section supervisor Oscar Mongcopa.