sea turtles - updates

Rappler's latest stories on sea turtles


Endangered green sea turtle rescued in Palawan

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office response team says a boat propeller may have injured the green turtle

RESCUED. Residents reported this stranded green turtle in Puerto Princesa City. Photo courtesy of CENRO Puerto Princesa

LOOK: Sea turtle hatchlings released in Albay waters

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Close to a hundred sea turtle hatchlings are released in the coast of Cagmanaba village in Oas town

HEADED TO SEA. The DENR in Bicol releases 95 hawksbill turtle hatchlings in the waters of Sitio Imacoto, in Cagmanaba, Oas town in Albay on September 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of DENR Bicol

Green sea turtle, whales found lifeless on Bicol shores

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Local residents bury the carcasses with the supervision of environment officials

DEAD. A 15-year-old green sea turtle is found dead in the shoreline of Barangay Calayucay in Sto Domingo, Albay. Photo courtesy of Andy Magdregalejo

Endangered sea turtle rescued in Siquijor

Aug 12, 2019 - 5:53 PM

About 8 sea turtles have been found dead in the Tañon Strait, a protected sea area between Negros and Cebu, over the past two years

RESCUED. A sea turtle washes ashore in San Juan, Siquijor. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-7

Giant leatherback sea turtle found dead in Camarines Sur

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:06 PM

(UPDATED) Environment officials say the cause of death could have been drowning as the pawikan failed to resurface for oxygen

DEAD. A giant leatherback sea turtle is found dead in Bula, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of DENR

Sea turtle found dead in Negros Occidental

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics

SAD DISCOVERY. Residents found this dead sea turtle along the shores of Barangay Poblacion in Valladolid, Negros Occidental on June 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bill KratzerÂ

Endangered green sea turtle found dead in Cebu town

May 27, 2019 - 9:19 PM

This is not the first time that locals have observed motorboat propeller injuries on sea turtles

PROPELLER INJURIES. This is not the first time that locals have observed propeller injuries on sea turtles. Photo courtesy of Kristina Luz Tapales

WATCH: Giant leatherback turtle in Camarines Sur released back to sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:11 AM

Residents of Balatan, Camarines Sur, give a giant leatherback turtle a send-off. It got entangled in a fishing net and received treatment for its bruises ashore.

SEND-OFF. Residents of Barangay Duran, Balatan town, give the giant leatherback turtle a send-off after authorities deemed the creature ready for release. Photo courtesy of Ryan Cendiño

Sea turtles' sad fate: From restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Plastic ocean pollution is a key item on the menu for ministers from over 100 countries gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi for a 3-day UN Environment Assembly

IN PHOTOS: Turtle release, celebrations at Bataan's Pawikan Festival 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Release of newly-hatched pawikans, sea turtle-themed performances and art exhibits, sand sculptures, and more

The week in photos: July 1-7, 2017

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:08 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

TREMOR. Rescuers stand next to a destroyed building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the town of Kananga, Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo by Lito Bagunas/AFP

VIRAL: Russian tourist kills endangered sea turtle 'Pawi' with speargun

May 18, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The tourist faces charges for violating Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998

Dead pangolins found in Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:47 PM

At least 15 frozen pangolins with no internal organs are found at the roadside in Bacolod City

SMUGGLED? About 15 dead pangolins are found in Bacolod, Negros Occidental on March 18, 2017. Photo by John Dale Salazar

Environmentalists, netizens outraged by defaced sea turtle in Negros

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Environment officials will investigate the incident involving a rescued green sea turtle in Silay City which is seen as a violation of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act

DEFACED. The photo of the sea turtle circulated on social media that has drawn the ire of animal welfare advocates, environmentalists, and netizes

Sea turtle with sliced shell found dead on Singapore beach

Jan 03, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Singapore s Marine Conservation Group says the turtle was sliced by a boat propeller

ANIMAL RIGHTS. A sea turtle with a sliced shell was found in Singapore.

LOOK: Endangered baby turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Oct 17, 2016 - 3:26 PM

6 of the world s 7 turtle species can be found in Indonesia an archipelago of more than 17 000 islands that is home to a dizzying array of exotic wildlife

FINALLY FREE. Sea turtles find their way to the ocean after being released by a group of local tourists visiting a conservation centre in Pariaman, West Sumatra. Photo by AFP/Adek Berry

Turtles' abode in peaceful coastal barangay in Antique

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:06 PM

With the influx of turtles in the barangay many people are asking if Sabang West would be declared a marine sanctuary

10 animals threatened by climate change

Jun 05, 2015 - 8:47 AM

On World Environment Day meet 10 animals your grandkids will likely never set eyes on if humanity does nothing to curb climate change

Green sea turtle captured in Cebu

May 14, 2015 - 8:35 PM

There has been public pressure on the local government to stop local eateries from serving pawikan soup based on the endangered species

BIGGEST FIND. Two members of the environment office of Naga City, Cebu, carry what they say was the biggest pawikan they have rescued this year. After tagging procedures, they released the green sea turtle, an endangered species, into the fish sanctuary. Photo by the Naga City CENRO

#FreeTheTurtle: Netizens rage over tied-up turtle in Guimaras

May 06, 2015 - 4:50 PM

I saw this long rope floating just after the turtle and I thought it was just nothing As I came closer I was surprised that its shell has a hole and that the long rope was attached to it

VIRAL. Photos taken by Donna Islao show a turtle tied down to prevent from swimming away. Photo by Donna Islao

Into the sea: Pawikans freed in Guimaras

Jan 07, 2015 - 2:30 PM

More than the harmony between mammals and reptiles the release of 39 pawikans in Guimaras is somehow a bend in the line of time – a meeting of different epochs

BACK TO THE SEA. Local officials and villagers release the 2 species of turtles back to their habitat at Sitio Punta Lawi, Jordan Guimaras. Photo by Joselito Villasis

PH won't free convicted Chinese fishermen

Nov 27, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Police say they found hundreds of sea turtles on board the fishermen s vessel in May at Half Moon Shoal located in a part of the sea claimed by both countries

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:10 PM

All of the 1 000 endangered sea turtles are found dead according to the environmental police department of the Ministry of Public Security

ANTI-POACHING. A World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s billboard reading "Vietnamese law bans fishing and trading of sea turtles and dugong" is displayed at a port in southern island of Phu Quoc, 15 September 2004. File Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

PH charges 'poachers' despite China warning

May 12, 2014 - 8:01 PM

Filipino prosecutors filed environmental crime charges against 9 Chinese fishermen found carrying more than 500 endangered sea turtles in their boat

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Chinese fishers face charges for crime in PH

May 09, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The fishermen have allegedly violated the Philippine Wildlife Act and the Philippine Fisheries Code for taking endangered animals protected by local and international conservation laws

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

More illegal fishers seized if not for 'slow' PH boat – PNP

May 08, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Authorities acknowledge that the incident bared the shortcomings of Philippine maritime police but more equipment will be purchased to beef up its patrol

ARRESTED. The Philippine National Police Maritime Group apprehend the Qiongqionghai 09063 at the Half Moon Shoal off the coast of Palawan. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Police find 120 captured sea turtles in Palawan swamp

Jan 31, 2014 - 6:12 PM

The sea turtles apparently intended for sale to foreign traders have been found in Balabac town

SEASHORE SPECIES. Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are some of the species nesting on West Philippine Sea shores. File photo by WWF-Philippines/Gregg Yan

10,000 sea turtle eggs seized from Malaysians

Nov 05, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail

123 sea turtles seized from poachers

Nov 30, 2012 - 12:46 PM

But law enforcers fail to arrest 6 unidentified suspects in Balabac Palawan a site for illegal poaching activities

SEASHORE SPECIES. Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are some of the species nesting on West Philippine Sea shores. File photo by WWF-Philippines/Gregg Yan

PH rescues sea turtles from poachers' net

Jul 14, 2012 - 6:02 PM

Informants told officials that Chinese poachers planted the net a week ago in the coastal district of Balabac

PH goes after sea turtle restaurants

May 21, 2012 - 11:43 PM

The government will form a special task force to stop the sale of the meat of protected sea turtles

Dead sea turtles, corals seized in Vietnamese boat

Apr 25, 2012 - 5:48 PM

12 Vietnamese boat crew members were charged with violating maritime and wildlife protection laws according to the Bureau of Fisheries of Aquatic Resources

CONFISCATED CONTRABAND. Philippine Coast Guard personnel confiscate several dead sea turtles and bundles of rare corals from a Vietnamese fishing boat during a routine inspection at a Tawi-Tawi port on Tuesday, April 24. (Photo from Phil Coast Guard)