My wish really came true……..
This was my 2nd time visit Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Kertih , Terengganu. I was so crazy about turtle especially marine and freshwater turtles this year (thanks to my wonderful malacca trip). The whole SCM3011 class were there for 3 days 2 nites (29th April till 1st May 2006). All of us left campus around 9am. The whole journey.. a couple of us didn’t sleep (Si babi hutan and Si penyu). We reached Ma’daerah around 3:30pm. The first thing i wanna see from Ma’daerah was the beach. My.. really remind me of my first trip (2004). Dr Cathy was so happy about the beach and so excited about swimming in the sea because the sea water was so clean and crystal clear.
WeLcome to Ma’Daerah’s Beach (on the 1st day)!!
On the first night (29th April 2006), there was one female adult landed on the beach for nesting (We were DAMN lucky cuz it’s not the peak nesting season!!). Anyway, all of us was so excited.. and this time (learned from my lessons) , i’ve managed to take a short video clip (well.. the background was very dark.. but still managed to see turtle’s eggs). My roomates for this trip were Wei yeng, Charlotte, Jac and Dareen (Si biri-biri) and also MahenDora (Si babi hutan). When we had no activities to do in the afternoon, all of us either chit chatting, play cards or told silly jokes or riddles. We also did a few of creative post when we took our beach’s photo (kekeke…).
1) L (Si Penyu). O (Jac). V (W. Yeng). E (Si biri-biri) with love sign (Si SoTong).
2) Album Cover (hehe.. Si babi Hutan) – It’s really a candid shot. Neva know it turn out that well. Bravo to Si Penyu.
Anyway, beside took tonnes of pictures, we also managed to see a lot of turtles’ tracks (got two U-turn) and one part of the carapace (Prob from the dead turtle).Unfortunately, on the first day, one of the turtle being killed. The possible reason was got entangled by fishing net (GRrrr…….GEram betul).
Part of the carapace (turtle shell)…sigh 😦
On the 2nd day (around 3pm), a couple of makcik (prob fishermen’s wives) came to Ma’Daerah to show us some of T’gganu kraf tangan and also snacks. The kraf tangan very nice and beautiful (creative..) and the snacks (keropok and keropok lekor) were very DeLicious. All of us had the keropok till we forgot about the afternoon tea (from the catering).
T’gganu Kraf Tangan… (Nice Huh?!)
Anyway, there was no adult turtle came up for nesting. On that night, i wasn’t feeling that well and happy due to some reasons and also dind’t get enough sleep on the first day. Well.. i have to say WE ALL ARE SO LUCKY TO SEE TURTLE .. and i’m very proud of it…!! AT last, EVERYONE love the turtle trip and very excited to see turtle landing..keke..!! Thank you, Dr Cathy and Meera!! Without you guys, i don’t think the trip will be successful!!
Just want to inform you all –> PLEASE PROTECT OUR TURTLES (marine, freshwater and terrestrial) !! STOP BUYING any turtles’ products esp EGGS and SHELL (hawksbill)!!
To fishermen and villagers: PLease DO NOT throw the old or “ghost” nets into the sea or river (Turtle will get entangle and cause suffocation).