It may be a shock to be many when they find out that beaches in Terengganu aren’t the only beaches where turtles come to lay their their eggs.
Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan also witnesseses this phenomenon and it’s actually good news because turtles are an endangered species in Malaysia.
Negeri Sembilan State Fisheries (Pejabat Perikanan Negeri Sembilan) took to their Facebook on 4 May to announce that they’ve found 118 turtle eggs from two different locations in Port Dickson.
According to World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the number of marine turtles in most places in Malaysia has plummeted and some populations are on the brink of extinction.
The species of the turtle eggs are yet to be identified by the state fishery and the location where the eggs were found is also not revealed. Netizens in the comments section also agree that the location of the nests should not be revealed because some fear that the turtle nests may be disrupted by other people.
When humans disturb nesting beaches, the young turtles’ chances for survival is gravely affected. WWF pointed out that there are a few turtle species that often come to nest in Malaysia but they are currently endangered.
These species are Hawksbill turtles, Olive ridleys, Green turtles and Leatherbacks. The Negeri Sembilan State Fishery stated that the turtle eggs will be brought to Pusat Ikan Hiasan PD in an effort to protect turtle species in the waters of Negeri Sembilan.
To conserve the turtle species, marine turtles in Malaysia are protected under the Fisheries Act 1985. This act prohibits people from stealing turtle eggs and capturing turtles.
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