Miscellaneous Challenges - Pawikan Patrol

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Brgy. Udalo - Abra de Ilog - Occidental Mindoro - Philippines

Brgy. Udalo, Abra de Ilog,
Occ. Mindoro, Philippines
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Brgy. Udalo - Abra de Ilog - Occidental Mindoro - Philippines

Brgy. Udalo, Abra de Ilog
Occ. Mindoro, Philippines
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Miscellaneous Challenges
From time to time, Pawikan Patrollers, volunteers from the local community and Local Government Officials need to pull resources and work together to complete special tasks:

  • beach clean-up days
  • nesting habitat assessment
  • disposal of a dead sea turtle
  • tagging
  • assisting a sea turtle in distress

Beach Clean-up  Days
include rubbish and debris collection and partial removal of the invasive "aroma" that is threatening to take over the beach area with its dangerously long thorny branches. Of course, primary sand stabilizer plants such as "bagasua"  remain in place.
Volunteers from Sigman, Udalo and Munting Buhangin are hard at work:
general clean up of the sea turtle nesting area at Diumanod beach.
A group of people standing in a shady part of a beach
Photo credit: Felix Cybulla (Ivakale/Feb. 2020)
A person pointing out a location on a map
Photo credit: Felix Cybulla (Ivakale/Feb. 2020)
Nesting Habitat Assessment
Latest site inspection of Diumanod beach in February 2020: this area will be considered in the plans for the MPA network, thus protecting the sea turtles' nesting habitat as well as the coastal reefs as one of their foraging grounds. Participants included key-personnel of MENRO, BMB's Wildlife Resources Division, Ivakale and Pawikan Patrol.
A group of people holding an area map
Photo credit: Laura Geiger (Ivakale/Feb. 2020)
A group of people discussing the beach condition.
Photo credit: Felix Cybulla (Ivakale/Feb. 2020)

Disposal of a dead Sea Turtle
Washed ashore near Punta Hurno, east of Bugtong:
volunteers help to bury the decomposing body of a Hawksbill Sea Turtle.
A country specific code tag provided by DENR is fixed to a predescribed position, in this case the front flipper. We document the carapace length and width, check for injuries, excessive barnacle growth and other obvious abnormalities.
None of the Pawikan Patrollers is a trained veterinarian.
We always ask for either advice or assistance or consent from BMB before attempting any kind of treatments.
The fixed ID-tag on the right front flipper
The right hind flipper is showing a deformed end, likely due to an old injury
A person holding a sea turtle's front flipper to determine the correct spot for tagging
A small open wound on the flipper was treated with Betadine

Assisting a
"Female in Distress"
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