Many, many, many years ago while I was still in school, I was taught by my “Alam & Manusia” teacher about how turtles were Malaysia’s natural treasures and how we should keep them safe and never eat their eggs. Those lessons did not seem important to me….until I saw a green turtle for the first time while scuba diving.
It was a huge one smooching around some beautiful corals probably looking for food? When it saw us, it stopped moving and then turned its head slowly to look at us right in the face one by one. We were SO CLOSE, I literally stopped breathing for a while. The feeling I experienced was indescribable.
It has easily become one of the most memorable moments of my life :)
# – This is not my picture, but the situation was very similar.
PICTURE SOURCE: https://www.mpa.nsw.gov.au
Turtles are so beautiful and gentle. To me, I think they have perpetually sad expressions which add to their overall charm.
Baby turtles are just adorable because of their size, but sadly they are also very fragile due to their minute size. Imagine something so small trying to survive in the vast ocean. Think about it….how is it going to be like?
Yes, really, really tough. So, for even one baby turtle to grow into an adult is a truly rare occasion. Why do you think turtles are endangered? With the indiscriminate consumption of their eggs by us people as well as the little chance they have in surviving up till adulthood, these poor reptiles stand no chance!
WWF Malaysia is running a contest for bloggers at from 20th June to 3rd July 2012 in an effort to urge more Malaysians to pledge to “Live Green” in support of turtle conservation.
Two bloggers with the most followers who pledge to “Live Green” at wwf.org.my will win a trip from 13th to 15th July 2012 for themselves and a friend to the scenic Setiu Wetlands in Terengganu, one of WWF-Malaysia’s marine turtle and wetlands ecosystem conservation project sites.
If you are a blogger, do participate in the contest by doing the following:
1. E-mail email@example.com with your full name, hand phone number, and blog address to alert WWF of your participation.
2. Download any of the “Pledge to Live Green” e-banners from here and put it up on your blog site. Make sure the the clickable URL is “https://www.wwf.org.my/”.
# – One of the “Pledge to Live Green” banners, which I’m using. Check it out on my sidebar :)
3. Lastly, encourage your blog readers to click on the e-banner on your website, and then pledge to “Live Green” via the online form on WWF-Malaysia’s home page.
# – This is where the pledge form is on WWF’s website.
Even if you’re not a blogger, just take 30 seconds to fill up the pledge form and hit submit. Every pledge makes a difference to these turtle’s lives.