Sunday, 5 September 2010

A Basket of Miracles

Hello everyone (^_^)
I just came back from my turtle research in Turtle Islands, Sabah. 

I got a surprise for you all.
Its a red basket...
...filled with newly hatched baby turtles! =^_^=
I was asked by one of the staffs on Turtle Island whether I was interested to help them release the hatchlings into the open ocean. 
It was indeed a great pleasure!

These baby turtles (Green + four Hawksbill turtles) were hatched in the Selingan turtle hatchery that morning.  
Have a safe 'lost years' my babies~!
What kind of research am I currently doing?
You'll find out soon :P Hopefully it would make a good honours project.
None of these would be possible without the help of everyone there in Turtle Islands! Everyone was being sweet and helpful! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience these miracles!

Back to the hatchlings,
~.. There's this one turtle I'm concern about....
While other hatchlings went toward the sea, this little one headed off to the opposite direction. I kept on turning it around but it still crawled back to the wrong destination.

 At first, I thought this baby turtle had something wrong with its magnetism (that helps adult turtle to orientate).
 I read some journals that - once the baby hatchlings reached up to the surface,
 they use environmental cues such as the visual lighting from the moon and the ocean; and the beach slope, to navigate them to the water. (source)

...so.. does that mean that this baby turtle is somewhat blind? 

17 comments:

Tekkaus said...

OMG! So cute. :D Those little turtles are so adorable.

Tekkaus said...

I hope they can all make it into the big ocean and will not preys to other animals. :D

Pu3 said...

Yep they are cute, and very very active! :D I hope they can make it too, but chances of their survival are very low :/ I guess only 10% manage to survive and mature at the age of 30.

Hazel said...

Turtles are too cute! xD

MizArWeN said...

Owwww....cian. does ds mean u hv to keep d bby turtle? *nudge2*

☆rabbito-bonbon☆ said...

Poor that little baby turtle (;A;)
Maybe the baby turtle likes you so that's why it didn't want to go the sea~~ =P

☆rabbito-bonbon☆ said...

PS. Yesh~~ Those are permanent curls! o(^-^)o

d440 said...

Putri...can we switch courses... sigh...

Dolce♥Bunny said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so coool and I wish I was there to watch them too. That is just amazing and for some reson I felt sad watching them go <-- very emotional person =.=

Responce: I change my foundation to a darker one since summer is around the corner ^^ and my guinea pigs, white is bunzi, and black one is my new piggie, his name is cookie. Both boys!! ^^

Pu3 said...

[MIzarwen] I wish i could keep the baby mizarwen~ but sana~.. strict bahh, karang kana tangkap :P

[rabbito] Haha~ if it liked me, it should have crawled torwards me ^^ instead its moving awaayy. I wish i could bring it home tho..

Pu3 said...

[d440] ahh hadeee wouldnt it be nice if we took the same course~..... sigh. Doing this alone is not as fun. :/

[Dolce bunny] Yes i wish someone else was with me by that time too :')

LoveStory said...

cumil! mcm yg arah Nemo. sweet~ totally~ ahah

Abby M. said...

aaaaw ^^ super aorable :D

selangkirfajar said...

AAAAA =o jeles ku aaarr... cute banget haha nda bulieh bw balik ka? hehe

Pu3 said...

{Lovestory] Awu banar tuuu~ masa aku disana, i kept on thinking pasal turtle dari nemo atuu ^^

[Selangkirfajar] Kan ku bawa balik udah yoooo~ p takut tia mati di bawa balik brunei lol... Or worst, kana tangkap di imigressen haha

Shen said...

Lovely pictures! They're all so puny and cute :3 Love the little misguided one who walked away haha!

Pu3 said...

^^ Yep, had a hard time trying to guide that lost li'l one. At the end i just threw it far into the ocean opps!

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