UTM Program March 26, 2018

An afternoon well spent with students from UTM during their ‘Marine Ecosystem Exploration’ trip to Tioman Island. Thanks to Assoc. Prof Dr Mohammad Rafee bin Majid for taking this outside lecture room initiative!

Volunteer Sign Up 2018!

We are announcing that JTP is taking registrations for our Volunteer Programme! The booking time would be from 1st March till 31st October 2018. BUT, with the exception between from 14th June-28th July 2018 which is already fully booked. (Do people not go to work or school in July ?? #turtlesdont #eh )

For details of our Volunteer Programme, please email us at contact@juaraturtleproject.com. It may take some time for us to reply, but emails will be replied accordingly and surely!

#supermodels #volunteering #seaturtles #conservation

End of the Season..

The last 6 green sea turtle hatchlings from 2017 here in Juara, heading out in to the sea! Safe journey!

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Just collected, the baby turtles are held until dusk when they will be released
Getting ready to go, the baby turtle looks for light , to gauge which way towards the ocean
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The last of the baby green sea turtle heads down the beach, following its brothers and sisters into the evening ocean in Juara, Tioman Island

Special Update!

Earlier this year, we had an encounter with a very special Green Sea turtle mother in Juara. In July, over the period of almost 3 weeks, she attempted to nest on Mentawak beach but was not able to lay any eggs. JTP then contacted the Fisheries Department of Malaysia and discussed about the possibilities of sending the mother turtle to the turtle facility in Terengganu for a physical examination..

Her initial health report showed that she had pieces of plastic and nets in her intestine. Her cloaca (an opening through which the turtle lays its eggs) was also swelling from the infections that developed within her.

She had spent the last 3 months at the ‘Turtle Hospital’, where she received treatment and rehabilitation.

Just last week, on the 6th of November, along with 2 other rehabilitated juvenile Green Sea turtle, she was released from Rantau Abang beach in to the South China Sea.

We hope to see her in Tioman again, one day. Hopefully nesting on the beach and laying plenty of eggs!  

*A big thank you to staff & volunteers at JTP, who had spent countless hours accompanying the mother turtle on the beach during the wee hours. And to the many individuals who got the chance to meet her too!

Full article here at: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/400919

Lost Babies! Sept. ’17

Last night we rescued 99 baby turtles!

The nest was laid naturally and had gone unnoticed for the last 2 months during its incubation period. When the babies hatched they were disoriented by the nearby artificial lights.

This is an example of why reducing visible light on the beach helps baby turtles to go safely to the sea.

We have to say thank you to Juara Mutiara Resort for informing and helping us!! 🐢

Here you can see the baby turtle tracks in the beach sand at night. The babies usually go towards the natural light over the ocean… but if they are near artificial light like these ones, then they will head towards that. In this case the light source was beach resort and chalet lighting.
The babies will usually get as close to the light as possible, in this case right under it! They are not too smart yet and are just following their instincts to go towards the light which is usually out on the  ocean’s horizon.
Thankfully the local resort got in touch with us when they discovered the lost babies, and we were able to find 99 baby Hawksbill Turtles confused on the beach and on the resort property! Thanks for letting us know about them Juara Mutiara Resort!

 

 

 

 

First Sunrise!

Here are a few photos of these green sea turtle babies’ mad dash to the sea as they begin their life’s journey in the ocean.  They are leaving from Juara, in front of the turtle project on Tioman Island earlier this week.. Good Luck!!

** Notice how all our photos are from behind the turtles; so we don’t scare or interfere with them, please be considerate and do the same! **

Turtle Rescue

We found her coming to Mentawak beach for several times without laying any eggs.

We think She might has internal complications as her carapace has minor boat propeller damage.

We’re bringing her to see a veterinarian on the mainland today.