West Papua (AP) – Chairman of the Yenbekaki Village Sea Turtle Conservation Center Yusuf Mayor in Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat District, feels proud that the local conservationists guard the giant leatherback turtles’ eggs from predators and hunters, adding the eggs are expected to hatch into several hundred baby turtles that will make their way to the sea in August 2020.
There are five giant “belimbing” or leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) laid eggs at a nesting spot on Warebar Beach in Yenbekaki Village, Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province. The number of eggs laid at the beach’s nesting spot might have exceeded last year’s count due to only two giant sea turtles to have laid eggs on the village’s beach.
Indonesia is home to several iconic species, one of them being the sea turtle. According to the WWF Indonesia’s official website, four of the six species of sea turtles lay their eggs in several of the country’s coastal areas, namely green turtles (Chelonia mydas), “belimbing” or leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), “sisik” or hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), and “lekang” or olive Ripley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). Derawan Islands in East Kalimantan Province is also the biggest nesting spots of green turtles in Southeast Asia. While in Java Island, Trisik Beach in Kulon Progo District, Yogyakarta Province, is also known as the nesting spot of green turtles.