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.

Sunrise Mother

 

What a way to start our morning with! Nesting turtles spend hours on the beach to lay their eggs. But this particular mother only dug a couple body pits before she returned to the sea. Hope she will come back to lay the nest!

And we are taking this opportunity to thanks all the supports that coming through after the Green Turtle Autopsy video. You, personally can help these turtles in many ways from going extinct!

Sea Turtle Autopsy

10 June 2017

This video contains graphic material

This unfortunate death offered this unique opportunity to discover and exposes the cause of death for this poor green sea turtle, and to show some of the effects of plastic pollution in the sea.

First Hatchlings!

May 30th 2017

2017 nest #1

Yesterday was an exciting day as the first nest of eggs hatched!  105 out of 113 Green Sea Turtle eggs hatched, which is a pretty good percentage especially for a nest so early in the season.

We released them right away from the beach here in Juara on Tioman Island, they all crawled down into the sea and are now out on their own swimming into the ocean currents.   We hope to see them back here in 30 years when they are finally ready to lay their own eggs!!  … Bon Voyage !

New Coral Mapping Project in Juara Bay

Through a desire to learn more about our sea turtles habitat and an ever growing understanding of climate change impact, we here at JTP are driving a new project to greater monitor and assess the coral reef here in Juara Bay.

Having been visited by Stefan Peters (Senior Lecturer in GIS – Global Information Services, at University of Technology, Malaysia), we were fortunate enough to have him share his expertise on digital mapping. Stefan volunteered with us here at JTP in April 2015 and could not wait to come back to guide us through this exciting new project.

Stefan returned earlier this month and spent three intensive days teaching staff members how to use digital mapping software. He downloaded and brought with him an abundance of satellite images and official government mapping data that we would not ordinarily have access to. During his short stay we managed to come up with two separate methods of accurately measuring coral reef areas in Juara Bay.

The next step is the fun part…we will sea kayak out to the reef to snorkel and make observations while taking underwater pictures. We will collect GPS data from different key locations and collate this into the mapping software.

Juara Coral Mapping

Over the coming months we plan to create an interactive database where any new information brought ashore by someone out snorkeling in the bay can be easily added to the map, this information will grow and eventually paint a realistic picture about the overall health and vitality of the coral reef areas. Eventually the goal will be to identify all manner of coral and associated wildlife in these areas down to species level, and monitor them over a period of many years, charting their growth and reproductive cycles. By having it on a digital mapping format we should also be able to display the information on charts and maps in our education center as hard-copies so the general public can have access to this type of information.

Has this inspired you or peaked your interest? We are looking for volunteers who have experience in underwater photography (perhaps with a high quality camera), skills with GIS, knowledge on coal species and methods of identification. If this sounds like you, please hit the link to our volunteering web page and drop us an e-mail.