May 24, 2008

Video : TAT Turtle Sanctuary Kg Juara Pulau Tioman

Video : TAT Turtle Sanctuary Kg Juara Pulau Tioman

TIOMAN ISLAND, 14 May 2008 -- KDYTM Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah officiated the launch of the TAT Turtle Sanctuary at Mentawak Beach, Juara Village.

For generations, long before there were people staying on Tioman Island, the sea turtles have found refuge at the shores of the island from the month of April till October. Brought in by the waves of the South China Sea, the sea turtles come by the thousands to produce the next generation.

During the launch, Tengku Mahkota has set free into the ocean a sea turtle with a satellite detector fixed on its shell. This is to enable researchers to determine the particular sea turtle's migration journey.

TAT Turtle Sanctuary also houses Jo, a blind sea turtle that has been born into the project in 2006. Jo cannot survive on its own in the natural environment and has to be handfed. TAT Turtle Sanctuary looks forward to increase Jo's living space by creating an offshore floating compound.

TAT Turtle Sanctuary works alongside the United World College in Singapore, sending about 1,000 students over annually to contribute to the project.

The Sultan of Pahang, KDYMM Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah ibni Almarhum Sultan Sir Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah, has donated a generous $50,000 to TAT Turtle Sanctuary for their future endeavours during the closing ceremony of the Sultan Ahmad Shah Tioman International Eco-Challenge on May 15.

1 comment:

  1. I do applaud the Fisheries Department initiating the satellite tracking research on sea turtles, but I wish the Fisheries would have been more professional as to not keep the turtle for so long in the black container, I mean the poor creature.