Sea­side sanc­tu­ary

> Haven for sea tur­tles and those in need of rest, respite or recre­ation at Per­hen­tian Is­land Re­sort

The Sun (Malaysia) - - MEDIA & MARKETING -

tur­tles take decades be­fore they start breed­ing, sur­viv­ing ones are still not free from threat due to com­mer­cial fish­eries, loss of nest­ing and feed­ing habi­tats, ex­ces­sive har­vest­ing of eggs, pol­lu­tion and coastal de­vel­op­ment. While tur­tles are known for their longevity, it’s an ironic twist of fate con­sid­er­ing the few that make it into adult­hood.

How­ever, Per­hen­tian is a pro­tected key habi­tat area that makes up a part of the National Marine Park of Malaysia. In deal­ing with the ex­tinc­tion of th­ese sea tur­tle pop­u­la­tions, re­search is con­tin­u­ously car­ried out, cov­er­ing the mi­gra­tion of th­ese species via satel­lite meth­ods and tag­ging. Re­search shows that th­ese gentle rep­tiles travel from as far as Viet­nam and the Philip­pines, swim­ming great dis­tances only to come on land to nest.

OP­ER­A­TION ECO­TOURISM At Per­hen­tian, tur­tle con­ser­va­tion is a reg­u­lar prac­tice. Tur­tles are pro­tected at all stages of their life cycle, in­clud­ing pro­tect­ing the eggs and the moth­ers from threat dur­ing nest­ing pe­riod, hence, the es­tab­lish­ment of the Hatch­ery Cen­tre on Per­hen­tian Is­land, a col­lab­o­rated ef­fort with the Fish­ery De­part­ment and var­i­ous ecoNGOs.

In early 2016, Per­hen­tian Is­land Re­sort in Pu­lau Per­hen­tian Be­sar took on an eco­tourism ap­proach which was ob­served by its staff and vis­i­tors. Dur­ing nest­ing sea­soin be­tween April and Oc­to­ber, a Safe Tur­tle Zone is set up on the re­sort beach where vol­un­teer staff and vis­i­tors help guard the nest­ing moth­ers and their eggs. Laid eggs are sent to the hatch­ery for safe keep­ing where vis­i­tors have a chance of re­leas­ing some of the baby tur­tles back into the ocean once they hatch.

Tur­tle con­ser­va­tion is of ut­most im­por­tance at Per­hen­tian Is­land Re­sort. Visit to learn more of th­ese gentle sea crea­tures and help raise aware­ness on its dwin­dling species.

Wide range of na­ture-in­spired ac­tiv­i­ties.

Va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion types.

The res­i­dent Sisik or Hawks­bill.

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