|Casabangan Beach from a high vantage point|
|Casabangan Beach along the shore|
1st video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMR4PbpBdkU
According to Ka Porek (our farm manager), there were many sea turtle shells left to rot in Casabangan many years ago. That was before the ban on capturing sea turtles. Today, we are fortunate to be visited by one or two sea turtles, which typically bob their heads above water for just a few seconds. In my previous trip to Mansalay, a local spear fisherman by the name of Benazir informed me that a resident sea turtle lives just around the corner of Casabangan Beach towards Sukbong Kugon. He said it measured about one (1) meter in length. I thought this was too good to be true, given the devastation I have observed all over the bay. On this trip, my mission was to find our resident sea turtle, who I would name Benazir (after the local spear fisherman who told me about it in the first place); that is, if I even find it. Lo and behold, during my first dive around the vicinity of the alleged habitat of the sea turtle, I saw it--our resident sea turle, Benazir, with a suckerfish attached to its back. I think it's a Hawksbill sea turtle (a critically endangered sea turtle) that is quite mature. I would also estimate its length to be about 1 meter, which is about as big as it gets. Below is a brief film clip of my second sighting of Benazir on my first dive around his habitat. I dove in the same vicinity the following day and saw Benazir again on two separate occasions during that second dive. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera (battery low) to record the event.
2nd video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba3920dazn4
(I hope this will be revived in Casabangan. There is none left today, except for Benazir.)
Additional underwater videos in front of Casabangan Beach:
3rd video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0jNqWlMYZ4&feature=youtu.be
4th video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K42MvqdKRYA&feature=youtu.be
5th video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No77y0-MfPA
6th video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMz8kMTu5p8
7th video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5uhpik9_Po
8th video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzCWPsX8TRE
In contrast, the following video in front of Twin Rocks, Anilao, Batangas (a marine sanctuary) illustrates the impressive recovery of marine resources.