Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Video of our Bantay Pawikan Activity 2008

Our valiant attempt to document our turtle release activity in an MTV format

We released the turtle hatchlings on the sandy beaches of Morong one cloudy Saturday morning. Two days fresh from being hatched, these marine turtles will start their journey in the rough waters, with no training, no briefing, no preparation, armed only with that instinct to survive and deal with whatever is out there in the wild.

Considered endangered, most of these turtles will not live to see maturity - the numbers are depressing, only 1% will make it.

Which is why the efforts of Bantay Pawikan to enhance the survival of the turtles are pretty much admirable.

One can help by adopting a Pawikan for a minimal fee of 200 – funds go to maintenance of the turtle hatchery. The fee gives the sponsor the hands-on experience of releasing his “baby”.

It is fascinating to note that should, by a matter of luck or skill, these turtles survive, they will be coming back to these very beaches to lay eggs and begin another cycle.

No matter where the waves of life would bring them, no matter how far the corners of the world they would wander, Mother Nature will beckon them to come back when the time comes. But that won’t happen until after 50 years.

In the meantime all I can do, I suppose, is wish that my babies would make it out there.

Turtles and humans, I guess, have a lot in common.

No matter how arduous or how far or how long the journey is, there will come a time when they all come home

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