featurewild files: sea turtles of batangas bay

Luzon Island, Philippines

  • Chevron operates a fuel terminal in San Pascual, Batangas, situated at the southern tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines.
  • The terminal property includes three kilometers of coastline on Batangas Bay, the only beachfront in the waters of San Pascual.
  • Employees from the terminal have regularly helped remove marine debris from the beach area since 2007.

In January 2012, Chevron workers observed female sea turtles coming ashore and nesting on the terminal’s sandy beachfront.

They were identified as Olive Ridley turtles, a species listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

sea turtles play an important role in marine ecosystems as they:

help balance marine food webs as both predator and prey
serve as host and transport mechanism for other marine organisms
facilitate nutrient cycling between land and water

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Olive Ridley sea turtles are found primarily in the tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Olive Ridley turtles are named for the olive green hue of their top shell or carapace. The origin of the word “ridley” is unknown.

one of the world’s two smallest sea turtles



(50 kg) maximum adult weight



(3.8 cm) typical hatchling length



(76 cm) maximum adult length

diet consists of:




rock lobsters

sea urchins



other aquatic invertebrates

They can also eat seaweed and algae, if necessary.

females are able to begin laying eggs
between 10 and 15 years of age.

return to the beach where they were born to lay their eggs
lay eggs 1-3 times per year in clutches of about 100
incubation period between 45-70 days depending on weather conditions

major threats include:

  1. Birds, mammals and reptiles that prey on the eggs and hatchlings
  2. Humans that harvest the eggs and capture adults for food
  3. Fishing and marine transport threats such as boat strikes and entrapment in fishing lines or nets
  4. Marine debris and pollution 
  5. Loss of nesting habitat from beach erosion due to development, natural disaster and sea level rise


DENR designated the Batangas Terminal coastline as a nesting ground sanctuary for Olive Ridley sea turtles.

our actions were consistent with our goal to
conserve biodiversity:
we strive to avoid or reduce the potential for significant impacts on sensitive species, habitats and ecosystems

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Published: July 2019