|The fascinating turtles|
|Turtles laying eggs on the beach|
|Baby turtles on the beach|
|Baby turtles are released to the sea|
Terengganu is famous for its giant leatherback turtles. In Rantau Abang, these wonderful creatures come to the shores of Rantau Abang Beach to lay their eggs every year.
Unfortunately the turtles are under threat of extinction due to :
- Exploitation and the sale of turtles and their eggs by local traders
- Turtles dying when they're trapped in fishermans nets
- Decline in places where turtles come to lay their eggs due to construction of resorts, hotels, houses and industrial areas.
- Pollution from oil spillage, industrial waste and garbage which pose a threat to the turtles.
These Turtle Sactuaries are set up to provide a safe place for turtles to hatch and to grow before they are released to the sea. Research are also carried out to ensure the best conditions are provided for the conservation of the turtles.