Here it is, an unpolluted, crystal-clear ocean where I will spend for a week.
As what I mentioned earlier in a post "海水正蓝，保护海龟！" during Jan, I am just so lucky to grab the chance to be fitted into this SEATRU volunteer program. Located at the northest part of Pulau Redang, Chagar Hutang is a beach gazetted for sea turtle conservation purpose.
堪称为海龟们的天堂的Chagar Hutang 是由SEATRU (Sea Turtle Research Unit) 这一个研究组织自1993开始极力维护的沙滩。所作所为为的都尽是海龟、海龟、还是海龟。而我们这一群龟人也悄悄的来到了岛屿上的龟の屋，展开了这护龟行~
This turtle santuary is wholly protected by the effort of SEATRU (Sea Turtle Research Unit) since 1993, founded by Prof Chan Eng Heng. It is not a NGO, neither a government bodies but a research station which aimed to protect the endangered one while data analysing the sea turtle. Four species out of total seven sea turtle of our world does exist in Malaysia. Here's one of the location where the hawksbill and green turtle are discovered to lay their next generation.
Turned out to be in this part of island where cars, mobile phone line, internet connection and even radiowave are all impossibly accessible yet I feel just perfectly fine. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, I just simply love the calmness and peace of mind this place offers.
Do you the one afraid of loneliness? No worries because there'll be different visitors from the forest everyday come around our living place to give our eyes some sparks. (Note: Beware of these animals stealing something XD)
Other than morning patrol, walking along the sandy beach during night patrol with only one small torchlight on hand is a rather new experience for me to be said. This is to prevent large movement and light which will shunt away the sea turtle as they are very sensitive to these when they are landing. The whole process of landing, crawling up the beach, body pitting, chambering, covering, camouflaging, return to ocean was so time-consuming, ranging from 1.5 to 2 hours of waiting for each. (Hey, it's just a sea turtle! How fast that you expect from it?)
Ping-pong like soft-shelled sea turtle eggs
Card games in dim light while awaiting next petrol shift
Preferred of overnight on the beach staring at the starry starry night though chalet is provided.
Inspection of incubation status and nest excavation
Hatchlings awating for release during high tide
Ghost crab preyed and fungus infected eggs
How nice it was to watch the hatchlings emerged from the sand (as deep as 1 meter) then hastily crawling towards the ocean where they belong to. It was their natural instinct to remembers this beach while they crawling over the sand, leaving here afar and returns to this place where they are borned after 20 years to lay their next generation.
作为小小的慰劳，得天独厚的Chagar Hutang 不仅有美丽的海龟，依山旁海的位置里也隐藏许多的有趣玩意。当然，这是个人选择要跟随与否的。
As a little reward, it is optional to go for activities such as turtle rock climbing, river hiking, prawn spa, and etc.
沐浴在芬多精满满的 Prawn SPA
Prawn spa in the midst of phytoncid
Superb itchy sensation when those little prawn doing bad to your dead skin, hahaha~
Kite flying on the beach
SEATRU volunteer program Slot W 的我们
If wealth status permitted, do try to adopt a turtle. More than that, you can named it too.
只要18岁以上，年龄不拘。希望你也有机会往Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang 体验这龟の行一番。
Make your contribution to protect and conserve sea turtle, an irreplaceable asset of the world. Do your part! As long as you are 18 over, be one of the volunteer by joining this program. More details and info refer here.
[Postscript: 7 days of experience in an isolated island makes me feel that the importance and difficulty in getting along with people from different status, background, and mostly personality. Without any other option, communication and tolerance become the utmost crucial things to live with others whom you must cooperate with. What an unforgettable lifetime experience! ]