Bintan Turtle

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Lagoi, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia
The turtle conservation initiative in Bintan Resorts started in 2004. There are only 1 or 2 nests a month found in the nesting season whereas in 1950's fishermen found 1 to 2 nests a night. The nesting season is from March to September. To date, more than 4000 turtle hatchlings released to the sea. What do we do? Save the turtle eggs, incubate the eggs in hatchery, release the hatchlings together with tourists, volunteers and villagers and give awareness to villagers and students from local schools in surrounding area. By saving them, there’s a hoping to see them more in the future

Monday, 29 June 2009

A Volunteer Experience

(admin : below is a nice note from one of our volunteer, Yetty Lutiyan. What about your own experience? Feel free to drop a note)

Finding Nemo's Friends

Yetty wrote on her on 20-7-07.
Remember the one who can live in the ocean until 150 years and know how to chill and go with the flow? Yep, the sea turtles!
Pssst...actually they can live until 80 years in the real ocean. But its still a long time to survive, right? They spend their whole life in the ocean and only go to the beach to lay their eggs, but they face a loooot of threats in both environment.

Poor sea turtles.. Sea pollution destructs the coral reef which is their habitat and food resources. People capture them for the meat and souvenirs , and there are also a lot of predators in the sea especially for the juveniles as well as for the eggs on the nesting beaches. People harvest their eggs.

One of my friend said “Hmm…I wonder how delicious the eggs are and what they are thinking when they eat those eggs… I wonder why?????, but once my dad said the eggs were very delicious”


Well, I have joined with some conservation rangers for the sea turtle conservation in the north part of Bintan island for a year. We walk along the beaches to find the turtle nests. Then the eggs that we find will be removed to the hatchery. This hatchery is designed to protect the eggs from the predators include human of course, until the hatchling time comes and the tukik (the juveniles) are ready to be released to the sea.

This time in this survey, only few old nests without eggs inside are found by the the rangers. It can be already hatchled, eaten by predators, or taken by people. Btw, the turtle nests can be found at the end of the turtle tracks/imprints that we see on the beach, except for old nests. Usually the imprints of the old nests have already gone.

Historically, there were 3 species of sea turtle nesting in Bintan beaches, but now there are only hawksbill turtles (penyu sisik) found in this island. Where did the 2 species go? Have they already vanished? I dont know...but it seems that their population has reduced much.

So please people, do not pollute the seas, do not consume turtle meats and eggs,
do not buy souvenirs made from turtle bodies. Save the sea turtles.

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