At the tail end of every year, the shoreline of Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club becomes home to the nests of Olive Ridley sea turtles. Some four or five months later, the hatchlings are aided in their passage to the open waters in Anvaya Cove’s Ceremonial Sea Turtle Release.
Last February 21 marked the fifth year of the event, where 62 pawikan made their way to the ocean, watched from afar by 300 Anvaya Cove members and guests. “Marine turtles have existed over a hundred million years, and much can be studied of our past and possible future because of their existence,” says Kate Lim, program director of Anvaya Environmental Foundation, Inc. “We’ve been releasing baby Olive Ridley turtles in the hopes that even if their survival rate is only 1%, those will come back to our beach and propagate more.”
Lim adds that the event is continued “to highlight our commitment to resource management and conservation that respects our surroundings; it’s to be educated about this threatened animal and why we and the coming generations need to protect it; and it’s to celebrate with our families the gift of life and learning with this fascinating occurrence of turtle hatchlings.”
Organized in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the community-based Bantay Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan, the carefully orchestrated event was also attended by environmentalists who delivered a brief talk on the importance of sea turtle conservation. In addition, the Anvaya Environmental Foundation, Inc. launched its new Sea Turtle Guide Book, which aims to raise awareness of marine life protection and ultimately give technical aid for sea turtle handling.