our aim

SEATRU’s main aim is to conserve Malaysia’s sea turtles , one of the most iconic symbols of our country’s natural heritage.


We work alongside various governmental bodies , non-governmental organizations and research institutions from around the globe , in the following fields





Malaysia is home to four out of the seven species of marine turtles

Olive-ridley Turtle

Local name: Penyu Lipas (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Shell Length: 50 – 70 cm

Weight: 30 – 60 kg

Colour: Olive brown

Diet: Crustaceans, molluscs, jellyfish, fish and seagrass

Range: Coastal tropics

Leatherback Turtle

Local Name: Penyu Belimbin (Dermochelys coriacea)

Shell Length: 150 – 180 cm

Weight: 300 – 600 kg

Colour: Black with white or grey patches

Diet: Predominantly jellyfish

Range: Oceanic. Nest in the tropics but moves to temperate water for foods

Green Turtle

Local Name: Penyu Agar / Penyu Pulau (Chelonia mydas)

Shell length: 90 – 110 cm

Weight: 110 – 180 kg

Colour: Olive-brown to green or black

Diet: Predominantly seagrass and seaweeds

Range: Coasts and islands in the tropics

Hawskbill Turtle

Local name: Penyu Sisik / Penyu Karah (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Shell Length: 70 – 90 cm

Weight: 40 – 90 kg

Colour: Combination of dark brown, yellow and brown

Diet: Predominantly sponges

Range: Tropical oceans near coral reefs