Friday, November 29, 2013

Wounded sea turtle resides in the custody of MAO

Written by Jay-Ar Arante

A wounded sea turtle was found at Station 1 Boracay on Thursday morning wherein it is currently under the custody of the Malay Agriculture Office (MAO).

According to Philippine Coastguard PO1 Arnel Sulia, a pump boat operator found the injured sea turtle floating near the shoreline and has its wound on the left side of its fin at around 10:30 in the morning.

Meanwhile the operator urgently asked for the assistance of the the Malay Auxiliary Police (MAP) in order to bring it in a safer place.

The MAP informed the Red Cross and the Municipal Agriculture Office for the proper disposition of the said turtle.

Upon the investigation of the bantay-dagat, it was determined that the specie experienced mistreatment form the fishermen.

Sulia added, it may be probable that it was just reached within by some naval vehicle near the Island of Boracay to cause its wounds on the left fin, as it was then allegedly driven on the lower portion of the beach.

The sea turtle is undergoing through medication and is continuously monitored by MAO.

Translated by Carla N. Suñer

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