Oleh: Connie Grace
Known as Sarawak “Turtle Island” today, Sarawak forestry manages this national park and set up this place for tourist attractions because this place was Sarawak’s first marine protected area at Talang-Satang National Park covers an area of 19,414 hectares and was gazetted in 1999 to enhance marine turtle conversation in Sarawak.
Pulau Talang Besar and Pulau Talang-Talang Kecil (located off Sematan), and Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil (located off Santubong). There are three (3) island in the park which is Talang Talang Besar, Talang Talang Kecil and Satang Besar as known as Sarawak “Turtles Islands.”
During the peak turtle nesting season (May-September), park wardens will monitor the beaches for turtle landings, remove eggs from the nests and place them in the hatcheries. After 40 to 60 days incubation, the young hatching are released and scamper across the beach to the sea.