Following on from Julies latest installment yesterday she thought it would be a good idea to see what wikipedia had to say about TURTLE ISLAND.
Turtle Islands Park (Taman Pulau Penyu) is located within the Turtle Islands, which lie in the Sulu Sea some 40 kilometers north of Sandakan in Sabah, eastMalaysia. It consists of 3 islands - Selingaan, Bakkungan Kechil andGulisaan (often spelt with -an instead of the traditional -aan), including the surrounding coral reefs and ocean. The Park is noted for its green turtles andhawksbill turtles which lay their eggs on the beaches of the islands. The Park covers an area of 17.4 km². The name Turtle Islands, however, refers to 10 islands, 3 of which are part of Turtle Islands Park of Malaysia, and 7 which belongs to the Municipality of Turtle Islands, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines.
On 1 August 1966, the first turtle hatchery in Malaysia was established on Selingan, funded entirely by the Sabah state government. Turtle hatcheries on the remaining two islands followed shortly after. In 1972, Selingan, Bakkungan Kechil and Gulisan were designated as a Game and Bird Sanctuary. In 1977, this status was upgraded to that of a Marine Park. Permanent park staff monitor the turtles, protect the hacheries and tag the turtles for research purposes. Libaran Islandis also designated within the park boundaries, however it is not a major turtle hatching spot.
Turtle Islands Park is administered by Sabah Parks.
Only on Selingan there are chalets for overnight visitors, and those who wish to see the turtles laying eggs must stay overnight. A curious fact of the three islands is that turtles come ashore nightly, not only during certain seasons and thus one is virtually guaranteed to see those ancient mariners. During the peak season (October) up to 50 turtles come ashore to lay eggs.
However, park rules and regulations are strictly enforced and visitors are not allowed on the beach from sunset to sunrise as not to disturb the turtles. A ranger will call all visitors to observe only one turtle laying eggs per night. The eggs are collected and the visitors liberate the beach immediately as not to shy away other turtles which are very susceptible to movement on the beach. After the laying and collection of eggs, and eventual tagging of the turtle if it is a ‘first time visitor’ tourists are allowed into the hatchery to observe the further work of the rangers: the transplantation of the freshly laid eggs into a man-made incubation chamber.
The chamber is no different from that of the turtle: between 60–75 cm deep, in the sand, but within a protected hatchery to make it impossible for natural predators to dig the nests open. Since temperature determines the sex of the turtles part of the hatchery is shaded, while the rest remains under the open sun.
After the transplantation of the eggs visitors will get turtle hatchlings – baby turtles – to release into the sea, which is also done by night to further increase their chances of survival.
Not all nests are emptied by the park rangers, but some remain undisturbed and develop naturally. By conserving the turtles the park does not want to endanger other wildlife on the island: many animals that are natural predators of the turtles such as monitor lizards, a crab specialising in turtle hatchlings, eagles and other birds, and marine animals such as sharks. They need the turtles for their survival.
The turtle conservation programme in Sabah is the oldest in the world and with the most detailed statistics and research. Marine turtles have been around for 230 million years at least, but due to human activities they have been brought, over the past hundred years, to the brink of extinction.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….NESTCAP 11.7.2012 FISH COUNT 1 6.00 It’s raining at the Lowes, 07.14 Blue44 is all alone on the nest in the rain, looking out over the edge – what a long way down!! 09.00 FISH DELIVERY 10.24 Lady is trying to fed Rocket now 10.49 Lady flies off now AT 10.46 JACK NOTICES A THREAD HANGING FROM THE FROM OF THE HARNESS BLUE 44 HAS ON 11.03 – Blue on the fish and having a go at feeding himself 11.12 Lady Sitting on the dead tree 12.27 Just spoke to Jonathan and they weren’t aware of it. He will speak to Emma and then take it from there. I did say that it looked like the thread from the harness rather than the cotton stitches as is brown and the stitches are white. 12.57 Camera just zooms into Blue44?s chest. Definitely brown thread hanging from harness. Quite long, down to his talons 13-17, whatever fish that is, its got a strong backbone!! He is making good work of eating the flesh. 13.50 Lady finally arrives back at the nest and lands on her perch
©SWThttp://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-webcams/loch-of-lowes/# 13.55 Intruder. Lady mantling and alarm calling quite frantically 13.59 Danger seems to have past now 14.56 Lady flies off, Blue44 home alone now 15.00 Lady’s back again with a branch 15.08 JUST LOOKED IN AT LOWES CAM – DID I SEE BLUE 44?S FEET ACTUALLY LEAVE THE NEST? 15.22 Lady back sitting in the dead tree 16.50 Lady’s back 17.03 Lady is having yet another go at the fish skin from the huge fish delivery around 9.00 this morning. 17.08 Lady’s off now 17.09 Night Camera switches on now 19.02 UPDATE FROM LOWES RE: THE THREAD – THEY ARE AWAITING ADVICE FROM ROY DENNIShttp://blogs.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/osprey/ 20.12 Lady flies onto the nest 20.39 Mum has flown off 22-23 Night cam on 23.51 Lady is back on her perch and she and Blue44 are Preening now
The Dyfi Osprey Project and the Scottish wildlife Trust have kindly given their permission for us to post still and video images from their webcams. To visit their sites please click on the relevant link. Loch of the Lowes. Dyfi Osprey Project.