- The Philippines have five known sea turtle species, one of these species came near the boat of a group of fishermen in Villahermosa, Rapu-Rapu, Albay
- Thinking it was asking for food, one of the fishermen fed the turtle and immediately returned it to the water
- The fisherman received good wishes as social media people praised his good deeds
Sea turtles or marine turtles spend most of their li
ves in the ocean. They only come ashore either to lay their eggs or to lounge. There are seven existing species of sea turtles, these are the green, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flatback, and leatherback sea turtle.
According to World Wildlife, ‘over the last 200 years, human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin, and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture—known as bycatch—in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites; it alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. Nearly all species of sea turtle are now classified as endangered, with three of the seven existing species being critically endangered.’
This is why it is necessary for people to understand that each one of us should participate in preserving the existence of these endangered species.
On May 07, 2020, in a video uploaded by Vic Bangaw, one of these species of turtles came near the boat of a group of fishermen in Villahermosa, Rapu-Rapu, Albay. The turtle kept on following them as their boat moved. Thinking that the turtle might be hungry and asking for food, Efren Boniel, one of the fishermen on the boat, lifted it from the water. The turtle was fed and was returned to the water right after it was fed. They also made sure that the specie was far from humans who might possibly catch it.
This act was noticed and praised by the people on social media. Knowing that turtles are already endangered animals, simple ways or gestures to preserve their kind is already a heroic deed.