90 newly-hatched turtles
released to sea in Dauin
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Ninety baby turtles of the endangered Olive Ridley species (Lepidochelys olivacea) were released to the sea at the coast of Barangay Lipayo in Dauin, Negros Oriental yesterday.
The four day-old hatchlings were collected by the Bantay Dagat Saturday morning from the nest in a resort in Poblacion 3, Dauin, on Friday, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Mario Aragon, said.
Aragon said that, while it is illegal under Philippine law to collect the hatchlings, Bantay Dagat members intended to save them from predators, like animals and humans.