Mega-size sea turtle caught in coastal water of Odiongan, Romblon
By Dinnes Manzo
ODIONGAN, Romblon, Philippines — A group of fishermen led by Larry M. Manlolo has accidentally netted a mega-size sea turtle last week at the coastal water of Barangay Batiano, Odiongan, Romblon.
Based on the documentation made by DENR, ENRO and Municipal Agriculture Office, the sea turtle was identified as a female Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas). There was a metal tag attached in her right fore-flipper read as P 22510. Its carapace has a dimension of 102 X 95 centimetres wide and weighted about 200 kilograms.
Later, an ENRO staff, assisted by some fishermen, applied another metal tag in the left fore-flipper marked as PH 1135 G to show that the said sea turtle was already caught in this municipal water.
According to testimonies of fishermen and some barangay folks, this sea turtle is the biggest one that had been caught and released so far in their coastal barangay. With this happening, people here were amazed of the said gentle creature of the sea.
Likewise, Barangay Capt. Leopoldo S. Forcadas, Jr., Dominador M. Mayandoc of DENR, Mun. Agriculture Officer Martin S. Lasaga III, Mr. Renato G. Gervacio of the Provincial Government of Romblon had extended their gratitude to all responsible fishermen and residents for the successful release of this sea turtle.