"Morong, Bataan" Morong by monina_c

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This little hatchling eagerly took off to the direction of the surf as soon as i let go of it on the edge of the sands in Morong. It was all I could do not to help it along. The center staff told us that the direction of their home beach and how to go back there is recorded in the tiny magnetic sacs in their brains. These first steps they took on their long, danger-filled journey to adulthood will enable them to recognize the beach where they were spawned when it is their turn to lay their eggs.

I was part of a group that visited the Pawikan Center in Morong, Bataan last Saturday, February 12, 2011. It was a heartbreaking realization of how we as a species have systematically almost wiped out another by sheer greed and carelessness. The center staff who talked with us said that out of the 45,000 sea turtle hatchlings that they released only 1% survive to adulthood. The conservation center in Morong, Bataan is a non-profit organization manned by volunteers who don't receive any form of remuneration from the government. They themselves used to hunt and kill these creatures for food and profit... until they realized that what they are doing is jeopardizing the whole species. They made the decision to make the rescue, conservation and, for want of a better word, propagation of this species their life's work!

To be a part of trying to reverse the trend of extinction of these beautiful creatures is very important and we have to remind ourselves everyday that we should not contribute to the destruction of the pawikan by buying stuff made out of their shells or eating their flesh and eggs with the mistaken notion that it will enhance our virility!

  • Last visit to Morong: Feb 2011
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2011
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    What a wonderful thing that the people who used to catch the turtles realized there was a problem. Our problem here is those who catch and those who conserve are still two very different groups.

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