Hawksbill turtle turned over to Marine Reserve in Sagay
A female hawksbill turtle was turned over to the Sagay Marine Reserve-Museo sang Bata in Brgy. Old Sagay, Sagay City, in Negros Occidental recently by the Community Environment and Natural Resources officers of Kabankalan and Cadiz cities in the province, a press release from the CENRO said.
The turtle has a carapace width of 29 centimeters and length of 38 cm. When Melvin Parreno, who kept it for six years, learned of the government advocacy for the preservation and protection of marine turtles and other wildlife animals, he turned it over to the Office of the City Environment and Management Office, through Armela Waldato, who presented it to CENRO Kabankalan, the press release also said.
The pool of the Sagay Marine Reserve will serve as temporarily holding area for the turtle to acclimatize it before it is released to the sea. It was observed that the reptile has difficulty maintaining balance and stability under water, and environment officials said its isolation in a little container for six years had deprived it of its ability to use its flippers to swim and look for food.
Once the turtle has adapted and able to seek its food without human assistance, it can be released to the sea again, the press release also said.
Present at the turnover were CENRO chiefs Andres Untal and Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya of Kabankalan and Cadiz, respectively, Lucia Salazar and Zosimo Cadena of the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service, and Bobby Togle of the Sagay Marine Reserve and staff, the press release added.*
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Prizes at stake in
kiddie costume ball
Winners of the Kiddie Costume Ball to be held tomorrow at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, will receive prizes, its press release said.
Toys, goodie bags, restaurant gift certificates and a hotel overnight stay will be given to the best in costume in the super hero, fantasy, unique and creative, scariest, best in costume-dad, best in costume-mom and best in costume-family categories, the press release also said.
Children and kids at heart willbe treated to magic shows, and can join in the face painting, balloon twisting, party jumps and game booths, and members of the family can have souvenir photographs taken at the photo booth, the press release said.
Kids can also enjoy the party jump castle and races, pick-a-prize game booths,popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, piñatas, activity booths, kids mob dance and so much more. Limited tickets are left, and for inquires, those interested may contact the hotel at 0917-6003018 or 433-3731, the press release added.*
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