Sea Turtles

Five sea turtle species inhabit the ocean surrounding the Philippines. The Philippines are home to only six freshwater and terrestrial turtle species.

Sea Turtles News

  • Protecting The Endangered Pawikan

    Protecting The Endangered Pawikan

    With the continuing decline of the global population of marine turtles, the Philippines is mulling over to move for stronger conservation measures under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

    Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) said she intends to take the opportunity to make the pitch when the country hosts the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) of the CMS in Manila from October 23 to 28.

    As host of the meeting, Lim said the Philippines is privileged to ...

  • CURMA Volunteers Getting Rready For The 2017 Pawikan Season

    CURMA Volunteers Getting Rready For The 2017 Pawikan Season

    With the onset of 2017 Pawikan season, volunteers of the Science of Identity Foundation Community Assistance for Responsible Existence attended the CURMA Pawikan Conservation Trainers Training, held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in San Juan La Union. This training is aimed at equipping current volunteers with necessary knowledge to train new volunteers to respond to turtle nesting and hatching events in an informed manner.

    At least twenty (20) CURMA volunteers listed earlier benefited from the said training which was conducted by Mr. Patrick Andrada, an experienced CURMA volunteer and trainer. ...

  • DLPC Releases New Batch Of Pawikan Hatchlings

    DLPC Releases New Batch Of Pawikan Hatchlings

    Last September 21, Davao Light welcomed a new batch of baby sea turtles, which are believed to be the endangered Hawskbill Turtles, at the Cleanergy Park.

    These hatchlings came from the fifth pawikan nest discovered last July 29, 2017 at the biodiversity park. A total of 158 baby pawikans were released on the same day the eggs were hatched.

    On September 23, validation was done on the latest reported sea turtle tracks spotted along the shores of the park. A nest was confirmed and this is the eigth nest found this year. The validation was witnessed by the group organized by the Rotary Club ...

  • PHL, US Eye Joint Research On Marine Turtles

    A host to five marine turtles, particularly green marines, the Philippines is planning to conduct a joint research with the United States on marine turtles to protect and conserve the species.

    The Philippines and the US share a vast range of marine turtle distribution across the Pacific. Many of the marine turtles tagged in the US have been found to be traveling across the Philippines to forage.

    On Tuesday experts from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their counterparts from the Department of Environment and N ...

  • Saving Our Seas From A Tempest Of Change

    Saving Our Seas From A Tempest Of Change

    Imagine waking up every morning after a restful night of slumber, greeted by the sound of chirping birds, a gust of the cool sea breeze and the gentle rustling of leaves from trees that partially shade your bedroom window.

    A few moments after, you find yourself joined by the company of people dearest to you, exchanging a hearty dose of laughter and stories while engaging in what could be a breakfast moment perfectly woven from out of a dream.

    Without a doubt, these are the kinds of mornings a lot of people from Metro Manila will surely desire to no end, if only that image can instantly t ...

  • Injured Sea Turtle Found In Sipalay

    A wounded sea turtle was found on the shores of Purok Campo Quino, Barangay 4 in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental last Monday, September 11.

    Police records showed that fisherman Joey Lahaolahao, 39, was on his way home from fishing around 8:35 a.m. when he saw the seemingly weak turtle floating.

    Lahaolahao brought the turtle to Sitio Pana-on, where they docked and called for assistance.

    The sea turtle was turned over to the custody of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, but it later died due to internal bleeding.