Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sneak preview: Sea turtle conservation at Cherating Turtle Sanctuary

Pantai Chendor is the turtle-hatching site where you will find huge leather back turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

The turtle sanctuary also housed a small museum with models and different specimen of turtles, a resource centre, a hatching centre and plentiful of baby green turtles waiting to be released into the sea.

During the night, if you are lucky, you may stumble upon turtle(s) coming up the beach to lay eggs.

The photo blog that you are about to read is a process where a turtle is tagged; the purpose of the tagging is to facilitate research of the turtle i.e. the frequency of her coming back to the beach to lay eggs, how have they growth and so forth.

Picture 1. Turtle hatching facility/compound.

Picture 2. This is she in the pool

Picture 3. Beautiful pattern on the back of her head.

Picture 4. In a tub and ready to be tagged

Picture 5. She being tagged near her “shoulder” (just before the flipper). The park personnel holding her down to avoid injuring her whilst another is injecting the microchip.

Picture 6. After the microchip is inserted, the park personnel scan the microchip off the turtle's shoulder for a reading. She was returned to the pool soon after the reading.

We were told the whole event will be aired in Majalah 3 (TV3) in early September.

The baby turtles waiting for to be released.

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