The rare loggerhead turtle, found in distress by fishermen in the waters off southern Penang Island on 7 September, was finally released into its natural habitat this morning after being nursed back to health by the Fisheries Department.
The discovery of the rare turtle at the height of the Penang Rejects Reclamation campaign added to the urgency of efforts to save the coastline from massive land reclamation.
The reclamation lies smack in the middle of golden zone for fisheries. The coastline is also a landing zone for olive ridley turtles and greenback turtles.
Well done to the fishermen and the Fisheries Department for saving this rare creature. It is heartwarming to see so many people concerned about this tutle.
But what is in store for this majestic creature when it next returns to the coast of Penang Island only to find bulldozers and dredgers dumping tons of rocks and sand into these waters?
Thanks to Andrew Ng Yew Han for the video production.