Did you know that a haven for sea turtles exists just 90 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila? Costa del Hamilo brings together urban living with nature and adventure, so that people could witness a miracle of life: sea turtles hatching just a few steps away from their rooms. On February 5, 2017, 46 Olive Ridley hatchlings came out of their nests and rushed across the sand and into the sea, creating quite the spectacle for lucky guests staying there.
Joel Palma, President and CEO of WWF-Philippines and Ruel Bate, Environmental Education Head of WWF-Philippines and Project Manager of Costa Del Hamilo, were also there for the occasion, even giving a short talk on sea turtles and ocean conservation. WWF-Philippines has been a long-time partner of Costa del Hamilo in delivering quality conservation initiatives in the general area of Pico de Loro.
Photos from Joel Palma. See his original post here.
Ruel points out that this is a sign that Hamilo Coast is vibrant enough to sustain life since large charismatic creatures like sea turtles are indicators of healthy seas.
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Olive Ridley turtles, in particular, are considered vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Species. WWF works to protect and conserve various endangered species, including these sea turtles. Make a difference and help out by contributing to WWF yourself. 🙂