As a volunteer, you are part of SEATRU team whose mission is to monitor every turtle that lands on the beach to nest, ensure that the turtles nest undisturbed, all nests are protected and hatchling production is maximized. The work involved is very similar to work carried out in many sea turtle conservation programs throughout the world.

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Green turtle lays multiple clutches in a breeding season

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Green turtle camouflaging her nest to protect it from predators

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Sea turtle nests under incubation at Chagar Hutang. Hatchlings will emerge after about two months of incubation.

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Green turtle hatchlings

 

Night Duties

  1. Hourly beach patrols at night to locate and record all turtle arrivals
  2. Monitoring nesting activities and timing the various stages of nesting
  3. Tagging and measuring turtles after they have completed the egg laying process
  4. Marking of nests
  5. Recording all necessary data
  6. Monitoring of hatchling emergence

Morning / Day Duties

  1. Marking and measuring the location of nests deposited the night before
  2. Covering nests with protective netlon mesh and maintaining them
  3. Hourly patrols throughout the beach to inspect nests, detect predation by ants and crabs and to keep monitor lizards at bay.
  4. Excavation of hatched nests and analysis of nest contents
  5. Beach clean-ups
  6. Ensure tourists do not land on Chagar Hutang
  7. Ensure all snorkelers and divers leave Turtle Bay by 3:00 PM
  8. Assist in cooking, housekeeping and other chores
  9. Assist in other research, education and conservation activities undertaken

Other activities

  • Turtle Rock Hike (guided)
  • Prawn Spa
  • Snorkeling at Turtle Bay
  • Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP)
  • Creating artwork using available materials
  • Photography
  • Or just relax and enjoy the magic of Chagar Hutang beach

 

Programme Itinerary

A summary of the Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme itinerary is given below. Volunteers will be notified if there are any changes to the schedule.

Day 1 (Saturday)

TIME ACTIVITIES
1030 Gather at Shahbandar Jetty, Kuala Terengganu. You will be greeted by SEATRU staff.

Program briefing, distributing volunteer T-shirt, signing of
indemnity form and balance fees payment.

1130 Boarding Preparation.
Volunteers have to help with loading of supplies into the ferry. Each volunteer is required to pay a RM5 conservation fees to the Marine Parks.
1200 Board Laguna Redang Island ferry and depart to Redang.
1330 Arrive at Laguna Jetty and transfer to our speedboat, Si Penyu.
Please help transfer supplies and be responsible for your own baggage.
We will not help you look for missing items. Be warned that things may get wet.
1400 Arrive at Chagar Hutang Beach. Unload supplies and baggage to the quarters.
1500 On-site briefing by Research Assistant.
1800 Dinner preparation by staff and volunteers.
1900 Dinner and cleaning of kitchen.
2000 – 0000 Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence.
All staff and volunteers are involved.
0000 – 0300 Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence
by Group 1 and SEATRU staff on duty.
If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.
0300 – 0600 Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence
by Group 2 and SEATRU staff on duty.
If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.

 

Day 2 – 7 (Sunday to Friday)

TIME ACTIVITIES  
0700 Breakfast (prepared by staff and volunteers) For the hourly day patrols each group takes a 2 hour roster at one time. All groups consist of 2 volunteers.

 


0700 : Group 1

0900 : Group 2

1100 : Group 3

1300 : Group 4

1500 : Group 5

1900 : Group 6

 

 

0800 Marking and measuring of new nests
from the night before. Nest Check and Excavation.
1200 Lunch (prepared by staff and volunteers)
1800 Preparation of dinner.
1900 Dinner and cleaning of kitchen.
2000 – 0000 Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities
and hatchling emergence.
All staff and volunteers are involved.
0000 – 0300 Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence by Group 1 and SEATRU staff on duty. If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.
0300 – 0600 Night patrols, monitoring of nesting activities and hatchling emergence by Group 2 and SEATRU staff on duty. If nesting density is high, other groups will be required to stay on to help.

 

Day 8 (Saturday)

TIME ACTIVITIES
0700 Breakfast (prepared by staff and volunteers)
0800 Marking and measuring of new nests from the night before.

Nest check and excavation.

Cleaning of quarters. 

0945 Group photo.
1000 Depart to Laguna Jetty.
1130 Board Laguna ferry to Shahbandar Jetty, Kuala Terengganu.
1300 Arrive at Shahbandar Jetty. End of volunteer program.