Turtles in danger in Malaysia

Hawksbill turtle

From WWF:

The island of Pulau Upeh off the Malaysian State of Malacca has only one small sandy beach.

But it happens to be one of the most important hawksbill nesting sites in the country.

Although the tiny island (seven-acres or 0.03km2 in size) is for the moment uninhabited, it is not entirely out of reach of turtle egg poachers.

Nor has it fully escaped the rapid coastal development which threatens all that remains of turtle beaches in Malacca.

Malaysia, itself, was until recently one of only seven countries in the world where leatherback turtles landed in many numbers, but no more.

Now the struggle is on to save the country’s beautiful but critically endangered hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), with its golden brown, exquisitely patterned shell, which still nests on the beaches of the Malacca Straits — the second most important nesting area in the country.

Malaysian police seize over 6,000 smuggled turtle eggs: here.

Endangered Hawksbill turtles released off Singapore: here.

Turtles in South Pacific Lapita pottery: here.

From the Google cache, 9/12/05:

Tagged Atlantic sea turtles trace journeys online

Date: 9/12/05 at 2:25PM

Reuters reports:

Mon Sep 12, 2005

By Ed Stoddard

JOHANNESBURG – Aitkanti the sea turtle has already braved fishing nets and shark infested waters in her swim from breeding grounds in South America but is only half way to the rich feeding waters off the coast of West Africa.

The endangered leatherback turtle was tagged in Suriname on June 25 with a satellite transmitter, and now the public can track her progress across the Atlantic on the Internet.

So far she has swum 3,000 km (1,800 miles) and dived to depths of 840 metres, more than twice the greatest depth reached [by] the most intrepid human scuba divers.

She is one of 11 leatherbacks, the world’s largest turtles, tagged in June and July and tracked to raise awareness about turtle conservation.

“This is the first time the public can trace the movements of so many sea turtles online,” said Carlos Drews of conservation group WWF, one of the project’s sponsors along with Tortugas Marinas and Caribbean Conservation.

Painted turtles in the USA: here.

The Western Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta bellii, ranges from Western Ontario, across southern Canada to British Columbia. In the U.S., distribution extends south to Missouri, northern Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, northern Oregon and sites in the southwest: here.

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