Turtle Crying after Laying Eggs in Terengganu is one of the beautiful videos I have taken in a long time. This was shot on location at Rantau Abang in Terengganu at the end of 2012 when I was there visiting a resort and also for some scuba diving. Rantau Abang has been one of the popular places to spot turtles since the 1970s and over the years, the place has been taken over by the wildlife department where turtle sightings are no longer open to the public.
Back in the day, the giant Leatherback Turtles were a common sighting at Rantau Abang but since the late 90s, the arrivals of these giant turtles have decreased due to over population of tourist and poachers. The last reported sighting of a Leatherback turtle was in 2011 according to the state wildlife ranger who was looking after the stretch of beach here.
Turtle Crying after laying eggs
In the video above, you see a Green Turtle crying after laying her eggs on the beach. This is a common sight but let me just explain it in simple layman terms. The turtle is not actually crying but instead clearing the sand out of its eyes. This is a natural process that happens after she buries her eggs in the sand. She will also go into a stasis mode for about 30 to 60 minutes right after laying eggs and this is when the rangers will move her into position to get back into the sea.
In Terengganu, there are no operators that offer these turtle viewing opportunities but in my case, I was invited by someone who knew the rangers where I went there to document it for awareness. The state is also having the Visit Terengganu 2013 campaign for travelers. There are many popular islands to visit like the Perhentian Islands and Tenggol Island. Before seeing the turtles, I was actually scuba diving at Perhentian Island and then headed to the Tanjong Jara Resort for this.
Green Turtle Picture
Just so you know, each Green Turtle can lay anywhere from 40 to a hundred eggs. And according to the local rangers there, each time they release about 1000 baby turtles, only one of two survive. A sad statistic but this is how it is. There are a number of turtle conservations in Malaysia where most of them are hatcheries and one of the popular ones is located at Turtle Island is Sabah which is locally known as Pulau Selingan. There are special packages to go and watch turtles laying eggs there which is controlled by the Sabah Wildlife Park. It is also an overnight trip for those interested. Hope you have enjoyed watching my video of a turtle crying after laying eggs in Terengganu.