Minalabac Camarines Sur (June 20 2011) - A large tropical green turtle (Chelonian mydas) was released back to sea after it was trapped in a fish net in Ragay Gulf off Bagulatao, a coastal village here.
Town Mayor Gil Basmayor Jr., said Philip Oco, a fisherman who caught the turtle, turned over the sea animal to authorities upon learning that it is already included in the list of endangered species.
Personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 5 examined the turtle that weighed 80 kilograms and put a tracing tag in its flippers before setting it free.
Green turtle meat is a commonly used in turtle soup because of its smooth flesh and tasty flavor when cooked. It is being exported to U.S. and other countries where it is in demand.
The sea off the coast of Minalabac is said to abound in sea mammals like this green turtle and even whale sharks and dolphins often wander here. (Noriel Oya)