Updated: Feb 27
Yesterday, we received distressing news of a stranded green turtle at Perhentian Island Resort in Teluk Pauh. Thankfully, the turtle was still alive and appeared to be in good health. However, upon inspection, we found plastic debris in its mouth. It was clear that the turtle had fallen victim to the detrimental effects of plastic pollution in our oceans.
Without hesitation, we removed the plastic debris and attempted to release the turtle back into the sea. However, we noticed that the turtle was unable to swim properly and kept swimming in circles without diving into the water. It was evident that the turtle needed further treatment to recover fully.
We decided to put the turtle in a tank while waiting for the help from the Marine Park. This is important as we want to reduce the stress that the turtle faced because of the crowd. Besides, we want to put the turtle under a shaded area since turtles are a cold-blooded animal, their temperature is very dependent on the surrounding temperature. We also put the water in the tank to cool the turtle.
We reached out to the Marine Park authorities for assistance, and after careful consideration, we decided to send the turtle to the Turtle Conservation and Information Center (TCIC) in Rantau Abang for further treatment. We hope that the turtle will receive the care it needs and make a full recovery soon so it can return to the sea where it belongs.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all those involved in the rescue mission, including the Perhentian Island Resort Manager, En Nasrun, Marine Park Officer, En Sharil, a representative from Anak Pulau, Farhan, and everyone who played a part in this effort. Their dedication and teamwork have been crucial in saving this turtle's life and making a difference in protecting our oceans.
Let's continue to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic pollution and take action to protect the marine life that depends on the ocean. Remember, even small efforts can make a big impact. Together, we can make a difference!
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-Alif Fahmi, Assistant Project Manager-