On the morning of January 10, 2020, 66 Olive Ridley hatchlings were released back into their homes after 65 days of their incubation period.

“This hatchlings release and the recent visitation of whale shark last November 2019 in Boracay are good signs that the island (Boracay) is getting better and better because of the on-going rehabilitation that the government and the stakeholders are doing,” Francisco E. Milla, Jr., Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 Regional executive director, said.

Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings excitedly flap their flippers as they return home. (Photo Courtesy of Haron Deo Vargas)

DENR added that the turtle release in Boracay is a good sign that the island is getting better.

“Sea turtles and other marine life are fundamental creatures that is helpful in maintaining the health of our coral reefs and the whole marine life as well, and by that I would like to call on the public to avoid throwing your garbage anywhere, specifically in the bodies of water,” Milla added.

DENR-6 added that two other nesting in the island that is expected to hatch anytime soon is currently being monitored.

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