Save the pawikan

egg markers

This is the second in a six-part series of photos taken by my 14-year-old daughter Sam.

Every year, the high school students in the school that my daughters attend spend a few days at the Pawikan Conservation Project site in Barangay Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan. They learn to care for the baby pawikan, or marine turtle, help clean up the coastal area and go on night patrols to observe the habits of the pawikan — all in line with their science and ecology lessons.

Above, the sticks mark where the pawikan eggs are buried in the sand.

baby pawikan (marine turtles)

Above, the baby pawikan before they were released to the sea.

Below, close up shots of the baby pawikan. Sam held the pawikan with one hand and took the photos with the other hand.

Sam holding a baby pawikan in her hand

Sam holding a baby pawikan in her hand

baby pawikan up close

a close shot of a baby pawikan

The highlight of the trip is the release of the baby pawikan to the sea at sunrise.

sending off the baby pawikan to sea

releasing the baby pawikan to the sea

The baby pawikan walking to the sea.

baby pawikan walking to the sea

baby pawikan (marine turtles)

Pawikan resources:

Executive Order 542 creating the Task Force Pawikan
The pawikan’s cry for help
Pawikan Sanctuary, Morong at WaypointsDOTPH
Pawikan predators become protectors