Calubian, Leyte: An endangered green sea turtle that got trapped in a fisherman’s net was returned to the waters by town officials and the police here on Wednesday.
Insp. Ronald Espina, officer-in-charge of the municipal police station (MPS) and the head of Municipal Agriculture Office led in releasing the endangered species back to its natural habitat at the port near the station.
The green turtle, common called as pawikan, was turned over to the police by Alfredo Biagcong of Barangay F. E. Marcos in Calubian, reportedly upon the request of his neighbor who found it in his fishing net.
People along the riverbank who watched the release of the turtle applauded seeing the creature swimming back to the waters.
Green sea turtles have been considered endangered species because of their drastically reduced population. An adult green sea turtle can grow to about three to four feet (91– 122 cm) in length and weigh about 136 – 159 kilograms.