Nature

Netizens were amazed to see Boracay as a new “turtle haven”



Boracay is a small island in the central Philippines. It’s known for its resorts and beaches. Along the west coast, White Beach is backed by palm trees, bars, and restaurants. On the east coast, strong winds make Bulabog Beach a hub for water sports. Nearby, the observation deck on Mount Luho offers panoramic views over the island. Offshore, coral reefs and shipwrecks are home to diverse marine life. It was just recently when 66 Olive Ridley hatchlings were released back to their home last January 10, 2020.

Those eggs were on the island for 65 days of their incubation period. Those eggs were found last November 5, 2019, in front of Movenpick Resort & Spa Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. It was a great achievement for the people on the island for they are vigilant in conserving and taking good care of the island. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 was grateful for the turtle release in Boracay Island.



“This hatchlings release and the recent visitation of whale shark last November 2019 in Boracay are good signs that the island (Boracay) is getting better and better because of the on-going rehabilitation that the government and the stakeholders are doing,” according to DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

“Sea turtles and other marine life are fundamental creatures that are helpful in maintaining the health of our corals’ reefs and the whole marine life as well, and by that, I would like to call on the public to avoid throwing your garbage anywhere, specifically in the bodies of water,” he also added.

The olive ridley sea turtle, also known commonly as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a species of turtle in the family Cheloniidae. The species is the second smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world.