Monday, March 28, 2016

269,731 turtles land at Turtle Islands Park

SANDAKAN: A total of 269,731 turtles landed and laid eggs on three islands which comprise Turtle Islands Park of the Sabah coast from 1979 to 2015 or a span of 36 years.

The park comprising the islands of Selingan, Gulisaan and Bakkungaan Kecil covers an area of some 1,740 hectares, of which 18.2 hectares are on land while 1,721.8 hectares at sea.

Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said 22 million turtle eggs were collected while 16 million hatchlings were hatched during the same period.

Three hatcheries were built on Selingan, Gulisaan and Bakkungaan Kecil, the landing sites for the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle and the olive ridley turtle.