More tar balls found on Perhentian Island beaches

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  • Friday, 01 May 2015

Photo of tar on Perhentian Island beach. Photo Credit: Perhentian Turtle Rescue

KUALA TERENGGANU: More tar balls were found washed up along the shores of Perhentian Island’s beaches.

This follows Monday’s incident where similar tar balls were found on the  shores of Lang Tengah Island, which is located near Perhentian Island.

Perhentian Island Ecoteer volunteer Loh Seh Ling, 31 said she noticed the clumps of tar balls on Wednesday night during a patrol around the island as part of their turtle conservation project with the Fisheries Department there.

“We saw the tar on the beach two nights ago while we were patrolling the turtle beach but we could not collect them because we did not bring any plastic bags with us," said Long on Friday. 

She said that when her team returned the next morning, the tar had melted into the sand as the sun was already out.

Loh together with some 15 volunteers are planning to do the clean up at night as it would be easier for them to collect the tar balls.

This is because they expect the tar balls to clump up at night.

“There's so many of them and the balls seem to be everywhere on the beaches at Perhentian Island now,” said Loh.

She added that the plan was to pick up the tar balls and place them in plastic bags to ship back to the mainland by boat.

Loh added that she had sent an email to the marine park management asking the management to investigate where the tar came from.

There is a possibility the tar balls came from a big vessel.

“Marine park management replied that they would look into the matter but said their jurisdiction was only within 2 nautical miles from the island and they will hand it over to the Marine Department of Malaysia,” she said.

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