TURTLE CONSERVATION

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Sea turtles are reptiles whose existence is being threatened either from natural disturbance or human activities.

Due to this threat, the sea turtle species in Indonesia have been protected by the government and globally the sea turtle is classified by conservation status in IUCN on the red list.

Green and hawksbill turtle sightings are a regular scene on Bawah Island especially during the peak nesting season between May and October. Our turtle conservation work focuses on monitoring the turtle nests, making fences around the nests to protect the eggs from predators such as monitor lizards, and collecting data on the number of hatchlings released to the sea on Bawah.

 

Did you know?

Six of the seven turtle species live in Indonesia:
Green (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricate), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Flatback (Natator depressus), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
The leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle species which has up to 2.75 meters length and 600 – 900 kilograms weight.  The smallest sea turtle in Indonesia is the olive ridley weighing around 50 kilograms.