We have green sea turtles for Sean!

Some exciting news: Sean’s nest adopted for his grandson Leo surprised us by revealing themselves as the endangered green sea turtles. This is the first time we saw these babies at the hatchery. Aren’t they the cutest thing ever?

We got the news and photos this morning and I could not wait to share it with you, especially with Sean. Many thanks again for supporting the turtles! With hope, these green sea turtles will survive and roam the seas for the next 70 years or more!

Green sea turtles are long-lived and are among the largest in the world when they mature. The hatchlings are small and are identified through their white underside and flipper margins. They only have four costal scutes compared to others with five, too. The costal scutes are the plates along the side of the shells.

This season, we have seen a mature green sea turtle accidentally caught in a fisherman’s nest. Could he or she be related to these babies? I suppose we will never know, but we are so grateful for the efforts of these species to breed and to all of you who continue to support our small community hatchery.

Our most common finds along our coast are olive ridley turtles. They are the smallest and most abundant sea turtles in the world. Since last season, we have released over 20,000 pawikan hatchlings through the Pag-asa Pawikan Protection and Conservation Center.

Only a few nests are left in the hatchery now. The nests of Ashley and Lyn have hatched, too! We are still getting updates about the status of other nests that our blog friends Betty, Michelle, Rebecca, Brad, and Leeeeeenda have adopted.

The volunteers still need to improve on communicating and it is not always easy for them, especially because some of them do not have camera phones or access to the internet. But we all try our best. What matters is all the pawikan hatchlings return home in time.

Special thanks to Michele and Rose for supporting the post-season work at the hatchery – this is critical because we rarely get donations once the hatchlings are gone but the work still continues. Many thanks for all of your support!

We are really happy to share these news with you and hope that we will discover more variety of sea turtles nesting along our coast. We can only wish they know that they are safe and protected here.

With your help, they will always be safe and protected here. Thanks again!

Help us prepare a home for sea turtles!

Thank you for supporting the work of the Pag-asa Pawikan Protection and Conservation Center. We are rehabilitating the hatchery and preparing supplies for next season. With your help, we can save more turtles and empower the community.


Published by Markus + Micah

We are Markus + Micah. We live in a tiny house by the sea, grow our plants, cook plant-based food, travel, and design wellness retreats and mindful programs so we can all live meaningful lives.

23 thoughts on “We have green sea turtles for Sean!

  1. Thank you for sharing this exciting news, Markus and Micah. I am tickled pink to see this, and my wife is too! We will be able to show Leo these photos when we see him next. I am glad I have finally caught up with the latest developments re the hatchery and the hatchlings 😊 I have learnt so much about these turtles already and look forward very much to what happens next 🐒🐒🐒


    1. They are the coolest! Hopefully we see more green sea turtles next season. Thanks for supporting them again. I suspect your nests have already hatched and the volunteers unfortunately missed sending me photos so I am trying to get at least the numbers that hatched for you.


  2. This is exciting news! 🐒 Thank you so much for sharing and mentioning me. Not needed but appreciated. Please keep us posted and keep reminding us to help your ongoing efforts. 😊


    1. Many thanks for supporting the turtles, Michele. At the end of the season, we will update you to everything that has happened. It is really fun to see the hatchery grow and its number of supporters blossom around the world. It is magical, isn’t it? You are halfway around the world but you are every bit a part of our community.

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      1. It is my privilege. Thank you for the meaningful and inspirational work you do! I look forward to receiving updates and I always enjoy your photos. 🌞


  3. Oh, what I would give to hold those baby turtles in my hands! Thank you, Micah, and all the volunteers for the amazing work you’re doing. I’m grateful to play a tiny part with my donation and to get this amazing update. When so much of the world seems dark and hopeless, these baby turtles – especially the green sea turtles – remind us to have hope and faith, that with some care and concern, life can thrive against all odds.

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    1. I agree, Rebecca. In nature, all is well. In nature, everything is accomplished in its own time despite the odds. So much to learn from these sea turtles. I am grateful for the inspiration that they and you provide. Even if oceans separate us physicially, we are united in effort. This gives me hope. If we can do it, then nothing is impossible. Thank you for supporting the turtles!

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    1. OMG, thank you, Rose! Post-season is challenging for us. The hatchery really needs all the help they can get. Many thanks for supporting the turtles! We will give you an update after the season officially ends. Thank you!


    1. Definitely. There is so much to learn from the turtles, especially how they lift each other up when climbing out of their nest or what we call the pawikan attitude. Will update you when your babies hatch!

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