The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors
Johnny Manlugay, 55, a construction worker who is a sea turtle patroller at night, waits for his coworker outside his home in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 13, 2023. Manlugay, who used to hunt sea turtles and their eggs, now uses his skills to find the nests and turn them over to CURMA, or the Coastal Underwater Resource Management Action, which has turned poachers like him into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs from ending up in markets and on plates. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.