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[Ambassador report] the leatherback turtle

by Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas | 11-01-2020 04:27 Comments 7 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations

In  2033  it  is  predicted  that  the  leatherback  turtle  would  be  extinct.[1]  This  future  is  predicted  by  an  International  research  team,  leaded  by  the  University  of  Alabama (UAB)  at  Brimingham.  They  have  a  documentation  of  the  decrease  in  leatherback  turtle  nests  to  78  percent.1  Leatherback  turtle  or  Dermochelys  coriacea  is  the  only  turtle  that  does  not  have  any  scales.  Its  body  is  covered  by  a  thin  layer,  soft  but  very  strong,  elastic  like  skin.[2]  They  could  grow  up  to  1.8  meters  and  weigh  more  than  900  kilograms,  making  them  the  biggest  turtle  on  earth.  Leatherback  turtles  could  cross  the  Pacific  from  Indonesia  to  the  coast  of  United  States  and  back.1  It  is  revealed  by  a  satellite  data  using  tagging,  that  the  leatherback  turtle  cluster  in  Northern  US  to  eat  large  jellyfish  during  the  summers  and  fall  months.[3]  Which  makes  them  expose  to  imprisonment  and  slaughter  by  countries,  during  their  migration.


For  instance,  more  than  6  thousand  sea  turtles  eggs  have  been  attempted  to  be  smuggled  to  Malaysia,  from  Borneo.[4] 


The  reason  many  fisherman  capture  sea  turtles  are  because  of  the  rumors  surrounding  them.  First,  it  is  believed  that  consuming  sea  turtle  or  sea  turtle  egg  makes  a  good  antidote  as well  as  a  beauty  product.[5]  Second,  sea  turtle  meat  and  egg  are  favored  by  people  because  of  its  deliciousness  and  its  tender  texture.[6]  Third,  there  is  also  a  believe  that  by  consuming  sea  turtle  meat,  the  vitality  of  men  in  bed  would  increase.4  Forth,  its  shell  is  used  as  souvenirs  and  jewelries.  From  these  four  rumors  alone,  the sea  turtle  are  highly  economically  demanded.


In  reality,  sea  turtles  are  used  to  balance  out  the  sea  ecosystem.  In  the  leatherback  turtle  case,  it  consume  jellyfish  making  sure  that  the  jellyfish  are  not  over  populated.  Over  populated  jellyfish  would  make  the  population  of  fishes  unbalance.  This  reason  is  because  jellyfish  eat  baby  fishes,  making  it that  if  jellyfish  are  over  populated,  then  there  would  be  no  more  fishes. 


Attempts  to  raise  fisherman  awareness  have  shown  little  progress.  The  fisherman  in  general  only  see  hunting  sea  turtles  as  a  source  of  income,  because  of  the  high  price  of  sea  turtles  in  the  markets.  But  by  them  being  blind  by  money,  they  do  not  realize  that  they  would  lose  their  other  source  of  income  from  fishes.  Other  than  slaughter  and  capture,  sea  turtles  are  also  endangered  by  the plastic  bags  floating  through  out  the  sea.  These  sea  turtles,  see  plastic  bags  as  jellyfish,  or  as  their  food.  What  we  can  do  to  help  save  these  creatures  are  by  lessening  the  use  of  plastic  bags,  or  better  yet,  throwing  trash  in  the  trash  bin. 


A  lot  of  organizations  have  built  conservations  to  help  restore  the  population  of  sea  turtle  by rehabilitating  sick  sea  turtles  and  collecting  sea  turtle  egg  in  the  means  of  observing  and  helping  them  hatch.  Meanwhile,  fisherman  and  natives  who  live  on  coast  are  given  education  on  the  importance  of  sea  turtle  and  why  they  should  not  be  hunted.


I  discovered  a  few  things  on  my  personal  experience  at  Borneo.  I  was  on  a  trip  with  my  family  and  a  few  other  stranger  when  we  were  stranded  on  an  island  near  Derawan.  We  played  with  the  kids  there,  and  it  is  sad  to  say  they  still  throw  rubbish  to  the  ocean.  When  we  ask  why,  they  said  it  is  a  habit.  It   was  either  throw  trash  to  the  ocean  or  burn  them.  We  countered  their  words  by  asking  the  possibilities  if  their  trash  would  be  eaten  by  sea  turtles.  They  believed  that  sea  turtles  would  not  eat  their  trash  as  it  is  not  their  food.  But  in  reality,  sea  turtle  does  mistaken  our  trash  as  their  food.  When  we  talked  more  with  the  children,  it  turns  out  their  knowledge  only  goes  as  far  as  not  killing  the  sea  turtle.  They  said  that  those  who  kill  them  will  go  to  jail,  but  they  have  yet  to  show  any  sign  of  remorse  if  sea  turtles  dies  because  of  trash.  These  type  of  behavior  needs  to  be  fixed  by  giving  a  thorough  education,  and  not  just  a  part  of  a  whole  education.


Lastly,  can  you  imagine  finding  nemo  or  finding  dory  without  sea  turtles?

[1] http://www.suara-alam.com/id/satwa/2013/03/01/tahun-2033-penyu-belimbing-punah#.V29kr5N94p8

[2] https://www.watersportbali.co.id/ini-dia-7-penyu-yang-dilindungi-undang-undang/

[3] http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6396/20140320/leatherback-turtle-migration-patterns-and-behavior-habits-revealed-by-satellite-data.htm

[4] http://www.mongabay.co.id/tag/penyu/

[5] http://www.ksdasulsel.org/artikel/fauna/339-penyu

[6] http://www.anneahira.com/manfaat-penyu.htm

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Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope everything is going well..

    Thank you so much for sharing your report..
    Hope to learn more from you..

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 15-03-2020 19:17

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ida

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about the leatherback turtle

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 20-01-2020 05:04

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Ida ,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    Great piece of writing and information on Leatherback Turtle
    Posted 12-01-2020 20:04

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Ida

    It is really sad that those turtle are endangered just because of some unproved rumors. Fishermen should realize that each species of animals have great role in their local environment, and it would be impacted by huge amount if they are extinct.
    By reading your experience, I can see that still many people are not aware of the importance in preserving the ocean. They should learn about the trash islands and devastating impacts of plastic wastes on the water resources.

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 12-01-2020 10:51

Elizaveta Zaretskaya

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Ida!
    It's Lisa again.

    I think you have a very interesting topic here!
    Never knew that there was a species called leatherback turtle.

    Extinction of animals and plants have been the costs that we have been paying due to our ruthless exploitation of nature. It is a tragedy that innocent lives have to pay the price for us selfish humans. Although it might seem too late, there is no such thing as being never too late. We are just in time. Many actions and movements are arising to protect these threatened lives and I hope that it improves the situation.

    Let's all be part of this!!!
    Nicely written article:)
    Posted 11-01-2020 17:30

Ilona Poplavskaya

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