Save Turtles in Perhentian Islands

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Save Turtles in Perhentian Islands

from £540
Duration: from 2 weeks to 3 months
Countries: Malaysia
Help us to protect nesting sea turtles from poachers and conduct novel photo ID research allowing us to assess the population of turtles using the Perhentian’s - males, females and juvenile.
Summary

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.

Activities

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.

Turtle Watch

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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Further Details

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Price details:

from £540

Monday

Morning: Volunteers arrive at Safe Park Holidays office, Kuala Besut jetty. Boat transfer to the Coral View (Pulau Perhentian Besar).

Afternoon: Briefing and orientation: project overview and code of conduct, a tour around the local area and shops and water confidence session (learn the dos and don’ts of snorkeling plus how to wear the life jacket & snorkel gear).

Evening: Dinner, marine presentation & rest.

Tuesday

Morning: Learning session for all – with presentations about sea turtles, you will all be set your own subject about sea turtles and their conservation to later share with the group.

Afternoon : Learn about the sea turtle ID research for your first photo snapping snorkel of the nearby sea grass bed where the green turtles mostly hang out during the day.

Evening : Turtle watch on rota (3 teams rotate with 1 team on duty and 2 off)

Wednesday

Morning: Free

Afternoon : Snorkel Photo ID Session

Evening : Turtle watch on rota (3 teams rotate with 1 team on duty and 2 off)

Thursday

Morning: Snorkel Photo ID Session

Afternoon: Free

Evening : Turtle watch on rota (3 teams rotate with 1 team on duty and 2 off)

This pattern continues for a 2 week cycle.

Sunday

Departure day, check out time is 12 PM, however you can take a boat back to the mainland at 8 AM, 12 PM or 4 PM.

Photos

Photo Gallery

Back to sea

Back to sea

Watch the turtles lay their eggs from start to finish
Clean ups

Clean ups

Help us to clean beaches around the whole islands
Hatchlings

Hatchlings

Help hatchlings make their way to the sea
Fixing the hatchery

Fixing the hatchery

Assist in the hatchery
Hatchlings emerging

Hatchlings emerging

Red light is less intrusive for turtles, help these little guys on their long and dangerous journey
Jumping

Jumping

Have fun as a group on paradise beaches
Snorkelling with turtles

Snorkelling with turtles

Help to take photos of sea turtles in the sea for our population research
Sunset

Sunset

Paradise sunsets from one of the nesting beaches
Turtle nesting beach

Turtle nesting beach

The picture says it all.
Watching turtle back to the sea

Watching turtle back to the sea

Be a turtle guardian
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