Saving the green, green grass of home for Malaysia's turtles


Green sea turtles in Malaysian waters – locally known as penyu agar – are endangered, their numbers decreasing as human activities impact their feeding grounds of seagrass. — 123rf

FINDINGS from a recent study of endangered green sea turtles at two sites in Sabah suggest that these aquatic creatures’ health is potentially sensitive to the quality of their foraging habitats

The two sites of Balambangan Island and the Kudat Peninsula in the Tun Mustapha Marine Park off the north-west coast of Sabah are only some 40km apart but differences in the turtles’ condition are noticeable.

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