: : Hawksbill Turtles
The Turtle Islands Park, also known as Pulau Penyu National Park.
This park comprises of three islands, which are Pulau Selingan, Pulau
Bakkungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan. The Park is famous for its green
and hawksbill turtles, which lay their eggs on the beaches of the
measures were first introduced in 1927 to protect the hawksbill turtle,
which were being hunted off Kudat for their shells. Closed seasons
for turtle hunting were introduced by the then British North Borneo
Company, which proved to be partially successful. In 1977 the government
converted the islands into a Marine Park. Today permanent staff monitor
the turtle activities including tagging them.
into these waters and marvel at how the turtles are like ballerinas
floating amidst the corals, foraging for food before their next breath
of air. At night, crouch quietly as park rangers point out the turtles
laying their eggs. It's a slow sand digging, laying and burying ritual
that they go through before making their way back into the waters.
Park rangers then carefully transfer 100 over odd eggs into a safe
haven for monitoring, before hatching and subsequent release into