A day after news broke out that a pygmy sperm whale which ingested plastic , here comes another news of a marine animal that suffered and died because of man.
A dead leatherback sea turtle was found on Sunday on the shore of Bula town in Camarines Sur, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol (DENR) announced yesterday in a Facebook post.
Leatherback sea turtles, the largest of all turtles, have been declared vulnerable, which means they are in .
Measuring 138 centimeters in length and weighing 200 kilograms, the leatherback turtle was discovered by a fisherman named Tirso Renegado. A piece of rope was tangled around the animal and the DENR believes that someone tried to catch it but failed due to its massive size. The DENR also said that the animal may have died due to drowning.
The sea turtle was buried 200 meters from the shoreline in the same village.
The DENR said that it “continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to their natural habitat.”
Netizens were saddened by the news. Cherepakha Dive asked people to protect the earth’s wildlife.
“Such a beautiful creature,” said Jrv Vitalicio in Filipino. “He was just wasted by those who tried to catch him. There are very few of them left in this world. Poor thing.”
“What a waste. Humans are garbage,” lamented Giannina Gonzalez.
Just a month ago, another turtle was discovered dead on the beach of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental. It , although its cause of death was unknown.