The new year opens on a positive note for Aboitiz Cleanergy Park with the news that two pawikan turtle nests have been discovered near its shores within a two-week interval. “As expected, two weeks after the first nest was discovered last January 10, another nest was found last January 24,” said Fermin Edillion, CSR Manager of Davao Light.
These are the 18th and 19th nests documented by the Park. The last nest was discovered over a year ago.
The mother pawikan is expected to be back in another two weeks to lay her third batch of eggs. A female pawikan usually lays eggs three to five times in two-week intervals during their mating season. The incubation period is between 50 to 60 days and will be hatched in the last week of March. The pawikan or hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered species in the IUCN list. A female pawikan usually lays eggs three to five times in two-week intervals during mating season.
With the guidance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the eggs will be transferred to the Park’s hatchery to protect them from both natural and man-made risks.
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The Park has discovered 2,726 eggs, of which, 1,876 were hatched and released to open sea. On the average, only 1% of these hatchlings survive, and after 25 years or so, they go back to their birthplace to lay eggs. It is important that we preserve their nesting grounds to save them from extinction that is why we are running the ‘BetterWorld for the Pawikan’ campaign to raise awareness and enlist your support in this advocacy. Hawksbills are endangered by the loss of nesting and feeding habitats, excessive egg collection, fishery-related mortality, polluted seas, and coastal development. Your donation will go to the development of the turtle repository, the to help in the upkeep of the Park’s rescue facility, and to fund a research aimed at protecting the turtles and other marine life in the area.