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.