Save Turtles in Perhentian Islands
Help us conserve Sea Turtles in the tropical island paradise of the Perhentian Islands and you can play your part to help preserve the number one beach location in Malaysia, as named by CNN in 2013. These beaches are well worth a visit and deserve to be maintained for future generations to enjoy. Through our Turtle and Island project you will join hands with researchers and the local government to help conserve sea turtles in the Perhentian Islands. By day you will help our researchers in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, to collect scientific data by literally snorkelling and snapping photos of turtles. The photos will be used to identify individual turtle’s and their movements around the islands which will help decision makers to develop a sea turtle management plan for the islands. By night you will help guard turtle nesting beaches from poachers. And of course, you will have time off to enjoy these beautiful, paradise islands. If you are into food, just a short dash away from our volunteer house is the best Pizza restaurant in the islands or if you want to go more local then you can always eat at the local stalls.
If you are looking to do a meaningful conservation project in a paradise beach location then this project is for you.
Snorkel Photo ID Session
The scutes (scales) on the flippers and the side of a green turtles face are unique to each individual. In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and Cambridge University, UK, we collect photos of the sea turtles on nesting beaches and at sea whilst snorkelling With each photo we also collect extra data such as location, time, date, male/female etc. We then use the software developed by Cambridge University to identify each photo against a database of previously identified individuals. If new turtles are discovered then you get to name your new turtle. The information that this research gathers is vital for conservation measures as we will be able to identify population numbers of male and female turtles, identify hotspots where conservation efforts need to be focused and also movement patterns of the turtles. The data will then be used by decision makers to design the Marine Park Zonation Plan.
You will help to collect non-flash photos of nesting sea turtles at beaches around the Perhentian Islands. The photos that you collect will help our researchers to establish nesting patterns of sea turtles in the Perhentian Islands. Additionally, unfortunately poachers still occasionally collect eggs from the beaches around the islands. The government staff travel around the islands but they are sometimes too late and poachers have already taken the eggs. Your role is to guard the beach and when a turtle comes to nest inform the government official who will then collect the eggs and safely protect them in their official hatchery. We established a similar programme at another turtle nesting beach in the islands and just the presence of people on the beaches often deterred poachers from landing on the beach. The initial project is still ongoing, so your presence will ensure more than 1 turtle nesting beach is protected in the Perhentian islands.
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