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Dozens of endangered turtles disappear from Japan zoo

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Officials fear the turtles may have been stolen for sale on the black market, where they are valued as exotic pets

GONE. This handout photograph taken in 2006 and released by the Okinawa Zoo and Museum on November 6, 2019, shows a Ryukyu leaf turtle at Okinawa Zoo. AFP PHOTO / OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM

From Med's biggest nesting ground, turtles swim to uncertain future

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Tourism, climate change and good fortune all weigh on the future of the loggerhead turtle population, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists as vulnerable

A newborn loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) heads towards the sea after got free from their eggshells at a beach in Kyparissia, south west Greece, on September 23, 2019. With a coastline of around 44 kilometres (27 miles), Kyparissia had over 3,700 nests this year, up from 3,500 in 2018. Typically, female loggerhead return to the beach of their birth to lay their eggs once they mature at the age of 20. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

LOOK: Sea turtle hatchlings released in Albay waters

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Close to a hundred sea turtle hatchlings are released in the coast of Cagmanaba village in Oas town

HEADED TO SEA. The DENR in Bicol releases 95 hawksbill turtle hatchlings in the waters of Sitio Imacoto, in Cagmanaba, Oas town in Albay on September 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of DENR Bicol

Green sea turtle, whales found lifeless on Bicol shores

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Local residents bury the carcasses with the supervision of environment officials

DEAD. A 15-year-old green sea turtle is found dead in the shoreline of Barangay Calayucay in Sto Domingo, Albay. Photo courtesy of Andy Magdregalejo

Endangered sea turtle rescued in Siquijor

Aug 12, 2019 - 5:53 PM

About 8 sea turtles have been found dead in the Tañon Strait, a protected sea area between Negros and Cebu, over the past two years

RESCUED. A sea turtle washes ashore in San Juan, Siquijor. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-7

Giant leatherback sea turtle found dead in Camarines Sur

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:06 PM

(UPDATED) Environment officials say the cause of death could have been drowning as the pawikan failed to resurface for oxygen

DEAD. A giant leatherback sea turtle is found dead in Bula, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of DENR

Sea turtle found dead in Negros Occidental

Jun 27, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Residents of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental say the sea turtle excreted plastics

SAD DISCOVERY. Residents found this dead sea turtle along the shores of Barangay Poblacion in Valladolid, Negros Occidental on June 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bill KratzerÂ

Endangered green sea turtle found dead in Cebu town

May 27, 2019 - 9:19 PM

This is not the first time that locals have observed motorboat propeller injuries on sea turtles

PROPELLER INJURIES. This is not the first time that locals have observed propeller injuries on sea turtles. Photo courtesy of Kristina Luz Tapales

LOOK: Live turtles duct-taped, smuggled into Philippines

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) The turtles are found in abandoned suitcases at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Smuggled turtles at NAIA. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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Nov 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

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WATCH: Giant leatherback turtle in Camarines Sur released back to sea

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:11 AM

Residents of Balatan, Camarines Sur, give a giant leatherback turtle a send-off. It got entangled in a fishing net and received treatment for its bruises ashore.

SEND-OFF. Residents of Barangay Duran, Balatan town, give the giant leatherback turtle a send-off after authorities deemed the creature ready for release. Photo courtesy of Ryan Cendiño

LOOK: Giant leatherback turtle caught in Camarines Sur

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:13 PM

(UPDATED) The female leatherback sea turtle, accidentally caught off the coast of Balatan town, weighs 500 kilos and has a carapace length of 1.75 meters. It was later released back to the sea.

GIANT TURTLE. Children are dwarfed by the 500-kilo leatherback turtle. Photos by Ryan Cediño, NSAP Enumerator/BFAR

How much plastic does it take to kill a turtle? Typically just 14 pieces

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Our analyses suggest that a turtle has a 22% chance of dying if it eats just one piece of plastic

FATAL FOOD. Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle. Qamar Schuyler, Author provided

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak.

Massive beach cleanup for Hong Kong sea turtles

May 27, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Authorities and environmentalists blame southern mainland China for the increasing amount of garbage in Hong Kong waters

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Sea turtles' sad fate: From restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Plastic ocean pollution is a key item on the menu for ministers from over 100 countries gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi for a 3-day UN Environment Assembly

IN PHOTOS: Turtle release, celebrations at Bataan's Pawikan Festival 2017

Dec 02, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Release of newly-hatched pawikans, sea turtle-themed performances and art exhibits, sand sculptures, and more

Customs bureau foils smuggling of wildlife species

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

7 packages bound for Taiwan contain 123 Chinese softshell turtles mixed with live eels, says the Bureau of Customs

SEIZED. A turtle (pictured above) is among the species seized from packages bound for Taiwan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from Bureau of Customs PIAD

The week in photos: July 1-7, 2017

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:08 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

TREMOR. Rescuers stand next to a destroyed building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the town of Kananga, Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo by Lito Bagunas/AFP

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Authorities say the cargo of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao's Facebook page

VIRAL: Russian tourist kills endangered sea turtle 'Pawi' with speargun

May 18, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The tourist faces charges for violating Republic Act 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998

Thais shell-shocked as coin-swallowing turtle dies

Mar 21, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Her plight recorded in precise detail in daily news updates captured the hearts of many Thais and raised questions over the collision of traditional beliefs in good luck and animal welfare in the country

OMSIN THE TURTLE. This handout from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Chulalongkorn University taken on March 6, 2017 and released March 7, 2017 shows Omsin the turtle being tended to by a veterinarian at the university after doctors successfully removed 915 coins from its stomach. Photo by Chulalongkorn University/AFP

Dead pangolins found in Negros Occidental

Mar 18, 2017 - 5:47 PM

At least 15 frozen pangolins with no internal organs are found at the roadside in Bacolod City

SMUGGLED? About 15 dead pangolins are found in Bacolod, Negros Occidental on March 18, 2017. Photo by John Dale Salazar

Flipping happy: Coin swallowing Thai turtle on the mend

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The story of her plight and successful operation is now viral with headlines around the world The 25 year old turtle called Omsin Piggy Bank can now paddle around a small pool with relative ease

OMSIN THE TURTLE. This handout from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Chulalongkorn University taken on March 6, 2017 and released March 7, 2017 shows Omsin the turtle being tended to by a veterinarian at the university after doctors successfully removed 915 coins from its stomach. Photo by Chulalongkorn University/AFP

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The 25 year old turtle called Omsin in Thai underwent a grueling 7 hour surgery on Monday March 6 to remove the 5 kilogram hoard of coins

This handout from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Chulalongkorn University taken on March 6, 2017 and released March 7, 2017 shows Omsin the turtle being tended to by a veterinarian at the veterinary hospital of the university after doctors successfully removed 915 coins from its stomach. Chulalongkorn University/AFP

Environmentalists, netizens outraged by defaced sea turtle in Negros

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Environment officials will investigate the incident involving a rescued green sea turtle in Silay City which is seen as a violation of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act

DEFACED. The photo of the sea turtle circulated on social media that has drawn the ire of animal welfare advocates, environmentalists, and netizes

Sea turtle with sliced shell found dead on Singapore beach

Jan 03, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Singapore s Marine Conservation Group says the turtle was sliced by a boat propeller

ANIMAL RIGHTS. A sea turtle with a sliced shell was found in Singapore.

LOOK: Endangered baby turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Oct 17, 2016 - 3:26 PM

6 of the world s 7 turtle species can be found in Indonesia an archipelago of more than 17 000 islands that is home to a dizzying array of exotic wildlife

FINALLY FREE. Sea turtles find their way to the ocean after being released by a group of local tourists visiting a conservation centre in Pariaman, West Sumatra. Photo by AFP/Adek Berry

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' Review: Stale improvement

Jun 02, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Out of the Shadows evidently caters to boys fantasies the same way Michael Bay s Transformers films do writes Oggs Cruz

Taiwan arrests 41 Chinese poachers in South China Sea

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A harvested coral reef endangered turtles and chemicals used to kill fish are seized from the poachers

Indonesia foils bid to smuggle baby turtles to China

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:29 PM

Some turtle species are popular in China as exotic food or for use in traditional medicine

STRUGGLING FOR SURVIVAL. A hatchling crawls to the Sulu Sea after around 60 days of incubation. After leaving the nest, it must escape predators. Image courtesy of Coral Triangle Initiative Southeast Asia

Chinese smuggling endangers rare Philippine turtles

Oct 25, 2015 - 4:58 PM

These critically endangered turtles are sold mainly to the Chinese exotic food medicine and pet trade

Photo by Rafe Brown / IUCN SSC TFTSG

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

Advocates ask for aid to save rescued Palawan turtles

Jun 25, 2015 - 7:10 PM

This comes after more than 4 000 turtles were seized in a warehouse in Palawan province on June 17 by the Provincial Law Enforcement Task Group

MAJOR HAUL. The seized turtles endure 6 hours of land travel from Bataraza town to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. Photo courtesy of Katala Foundation

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Jun 25, 2015 - 6:24 PM

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3,900 endangered turtles seized from Palawan warehouse

Jun 25, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The seizure is the largest confiscation of the critically endangered Palawan Forest Turtles to date

MAJOR HAUL. International group Traffic says the seizure of 4,400 turtles in Palawan last June 18 was the largest confiscation of freshwater turtles to date. Photo courtesy of Katala Foundation

Turtles' abode in peaceful coastal barangay in Antique

Jun 13, 2015 - 5:06 PM

With the influx of turtles in the barangay many people are asking if Sabang West would be declared a marine sanctuary

10 animals threatened by climate change

Jun 05, 2015 - 8:47 AM

On World Environment Day meet 10 animals your grandkids will likely never set eyes on if humanity does nothing to curb climate change

Looking back: the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area

May 31, 2015 - 4:30 PM

On May 31 1996 the Philippines and Malaysia declared the Turtle Islands a protected area

Green sea turtle captured in Cebu

May 14, 2015 - 8:35 PM

There has been public pressure on the local government to stop local eateries from serving pawikan soup based on the endangered species

BIGGEST FIND. Two members of the environment office of Naga City, Cebu, carry what they say was the biggest pawikan they have rescued this year. After tagging procedures, they released the green sea turtle, an endangered species, into the fish sanctuary. Photo by the Naga City CENRO

#FreeTheTurtle: Netizens rage over tied-up turtle in Guimaras

May 06, 2015 - 4:50 PM

I saw this long rope floating just after the turtle and I thought it was just nothing As I came closer I was surprised that its shell has a hole and that the long rope was attached to it

VIRAL. Photos taken by Donna Islao show a turtle tied down to prevent from swimming away. Photo by Donna Islao

Into the sea: Pawikans freed in Guimaras

Jan 07, 2015 - 2:30 PM

More than the harmony between mammals and reptiles the release of 39 pawikans in Guimaras is somehow a bend in the line of time – a meeting of different epochs

BACK TO THE SEA. Local officials and villagers release the 2 species of turtles back to their habitat at Sitio Punta Lawi, Jordan Guimaras. Photo by Joselito Villasis

PH won't free convicted Chinese fishermen

Nov 27, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Police say they found hundreds of sea turtles on board the fishermen s vessel in May at Half Moon Shoal located in a part of the sea claimed by both countries

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:10 PM

All of the 1 000 endangered sea turtles are found dead according to the environmental police department of the Ministry of Public Security

ANTI-POACHING. A World Wildlife Fund (WWF)'s billboard reading "Vietnamese law bans fishing and trading of sea turtles and dugong" is displayed at a port in southern island of Phu Quoc, 15 September 2004. File Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Fight to save endangered Indus dolphins, turtles

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Conservationists are fighting to save the Indus dolphin as well as the river s black spotted turtle

ENDANGERED. In this photograph taken on September 13, 2014, a blind dolphin swims along the Indus river in the southern Pakistani city of Sukkur. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Endangered Nicaragua turtles lay eggs under army guard

Aug 19, 2014 - 9:07 AM

The army has been deployed to protect the sea turtles since 1992 fending off poachers who sell or eat the eggs

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Review: Childhood taken hostage

Aug 16, 2014 - 4:38 PM

Even with an entire generation s childhood memories hanging in the balance the film feels no remorse in leaving those memories in the morgue writes movie reviewer Zig Marasigan

Movies this Week : 'Ninja Turtles,' 'Sex Tape,' and more

Aug 13, 2014 - 5:58 PM

A 90s cartoon comes to life plus Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star in a comedy about a couple s blunder and more