|It wasn't just the kids enjoying Arts and Crafts!|
|Things start getting messy|
After a few more games with the kids, it was time for the Community College students to hand out goody bags as a thank you for everyone who got involved. We are incredibly grateful for the effort put in yesterday, and really hope that sessions like these can inspire the future generations to be more aware and therefore proactive about conversation and the environment. Thanks again guys!
After lunch, our resort manager Rohan gave the Community College kids a slightly truncated version of his Turtle presentation, to provide them with conservation information about turtles just as they had done for the Project Sha kids. After that, it was time to go snorkeling! Our experienced staff and intern team first provided the kids with a detailed snorkeling briefing, informing them of proper kicking techniques, how to clear their snorkels and for the more experienced amongst them, how to duck dive. We also stressed the importance of responsible snorkeling techniques, such as not touching the coral or interacting with the marine life. With many of the children being inexperienced swimmers, it was a fulfilling reward for the scuba junkie team to be able to help them overcome their fears of water, and a great thank you for their efforts earlier on in the day.
Finally, in the evening we welcomed our
guest speaker Nattalee Lim from Reef
Check to give a presentation the
importance of protecting the coral reef
system, and what we can do to get
involved. This fascinating talk illuminated the complexities of
conducting a reef check analysis. Part of which involves laying down a 100m transect line, and noting the number of
various indicator species and substrates
to analyse the health of the reef system.
She also touched upon how the changing health of the reef will affect us.
We are incredibly grateful to Natalee
for making the journey down from Kota Kinabalu to Mabul.
It's the final day now, but remember, you can still donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/scuba-junkie-turtles
Every little counts, and it's not too late!
Facts about Kemps Ridely Turtles
- Kemp’s ridley turtle is the most severely endangered marine turtle in the world; in the 1980s only a few hundred females were observed nesting, although the population is now showing signs of recovery
- Along with the olive ridley, Kemp’s ridley turtle used to exhibit mass synchronised nestings known as ‘arribadas’ (Spanish for ‘mass arrivals’), where thousands of females came ashore on the same beach to nest at the same time
- The nesting season peaks in May and June and unusually amongst turtles, nesting occurs during the day
- Adults are carnivorous bottom-feeders, eating a wide range of prey including fish, jellyfish, although crabs are the mainstay of their diet
- Kemp’s ridley turtles have an extremely restricted range; found mainly in the Gulf of Mexico and some way up the eastern seaboard of the United States
- They are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List