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Probe ordered on endangered turtle's death.

Cebu City - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has ordered a thorough investigation to determine the cause of death of a Hawksbill sea turtle, an endangered specie, found close to the seashore in Barangay Bato, Toledo City.

DENR 7 Executive Director Isabelo Montejo said he has ordered Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) Assistant Protected Area Superintendent Lutheran Hernando and members of the Bantay Dagat of Toledo City to conduct a full investigation to determine if the deaths were man-made.

"Any persons found responsible for the brazen act of killing the endangered Hawksbill will be dealt with appropriately," said Montejo.

He issued the order after an adult female Hawksbill sea turtle, was found dead nearly three days after she was found stranded on the shores of Barangay Bato.

It was the second time in three months in a similar location this year that a sea turtle, weak from injuries, was found here.

Last May 11, an adult female green sea turtle with four gunshot wounds in her carapace was rescued and released to the sea three days later.

"We asked the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to assist us in the conduct of the necropsy to determine the cause of death and perhaps preserve the carapace of the turtle," Montejo said.

The turtle has no existing tag when she was found and is now at the BFAR 7 for necropsy by a veterinarian.

The turtle, over 30 years old and weighing some 30 kilograms, measured 76 centimeters in length with a width of 74 centimeters.

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Date:Jul 24, 2014
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