Project

Lang Tengah

TURTLE BAY, LANG TENGAH ISLAND

Project Overview

Imagine waking up on a remote tropical island, untouched and lesser-known, where nature’s splendour unfolds in unique harmony. This is Lang Tengah, The Eagle in the Middle, a jewel off the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Basking between her famed sisters, the Perhentians and Redang, Lang Tengah whispers tales of passers-by who found shelter during fierce monsoons. A silent sentinel. The water well bears testament to these tales, standing long before we stepped foot on the site.

The island is just under two miles in length; western shores boast white sands and shallow waters, while the eastern coast displays rugged granite vistas.

Our project site, known by its original name of Pasir Tok Enjut – Sands of The Bobbing Old Man – is also known as Turtle Bay in its modern parlance. It is situated at the island’s southernmost tip. Behind it, within the coastal vegetation, lies our research station. Come, let’s discover the secrets of Turtle Bay together.

Project Details

Night Patrol

The key to safeguarding our Lang Tengah nesting population of turtles – predominantly green turtles – relies upon a constant and continued presence on the island, as this is the main deterrent to egg poachers. As soon as night falls, we regularly patrol the nesting beached on the island until the sun rises, to a brand-new day.

Photograph of a group of sea turtle hatchlings on the beach

Nests Saved

Nest laid in Turtle Bay are left to incubate naturally (in-situ nests). We also relocate any nests that are laid on other beaches back to the safety of Turtle Beach Our patrols are hardly run-of-the-mill, unless you consider fireflies, phosphorescence, copious amounts of shooting stars, distant lightning, and ancient creatures hauling themselves out of the sea as ordinary things to encounter.

Camp Life

Living 24 hours a day on camp, our volunteers and staff keep their days just as eventful as their nights; free-diving in wide open waters, bread making in our brick oven, and hiking across the entire island … truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Coral Restoration

At our core, is our turtle project. However, in 2018 we expanded our operations from the shore, right down into the ocean. Having already compiled a list of the island’s terrestrial fauna, we are now embarking upon marine research projects to see how to improve the health of this ecosystem. This will encompass looking at fish, coral and invertebrate abundance, and diversity.

We save broken corals and grown these coral fragments in our nursery before outplanting them into the natural reefs.

Research

As far as biological research on Lang Tengah is concerned, the records of both the marine park and WWF up until we started work have been described as ‘data deficient’. Today, our initiatives on the island include helping to fill in the blanks for both terrestrial and marine species found along this east-coast archipelago … and our preliminary studies have already shown some interesting results.

Outreach

Our satellite programmes are bringing the local community to Turtle Bay, so they too can experience out project first-hand. Improvement of waste management on the island is also another key focus area for us.

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How you can make a difference

As a non-profit marine conservation project, we are always on the lookout for funds to support the cost of operating our project sites throughout the year. These would include salaries, food, transportation, purchase or rental of tools & equipment, administrative costs and so on.

Your donation helps us to fuel the tide of conservation efforts, ensuring our majestic sea turtles thrive for generations to come.

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