The first memory i had of the leatherback turtle was when i was very young, and i remember watching a tv show on RTM2 about it, and how it would come to the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia to lay its eggs. Its a majestic animal, and i was very touched to see it “crying” as it laid its eggs in the sand. I remember getting very angry at another boy in school several days later who suggested that turtle eggs were good to eat.
Now, the turtles, after years in decline, may be gone forever. Very, very sad.
Despite conservation efforts, the Leatherbacks, which have witnessed the fall of the dinosaurs and the rise of humanity, have not returned to traditional nesting sites in the country.
The same appears to be happening to Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles.
For the first time in history, none of these species landed at the 34 traditional nesting sites in Terengganu in June and July.