The Passionate Activity to Peep at the Laying Egg Turtle

Dwi Nugroho
Adhiasto and Oyos Saroso H. N.
In addition to
enjoying the exotic “dances” of dolphins, the tourists could also
peep at the tortoise shell (Eretmochelys imbricate) and green turtle (Chelonia
) cam out the shore around Teluk Kiluan. Those turtle would dig the
holes through the sands, lay eggs, and eventually heap up thousands of eggs
with sands.
It was not any old
times we could peep at the turtles laid the eggs. Those turtles usually came
out the shore and laid the eggs during the moonlight or at 14 till 15 in accord
with Javanese calendar. To peep at the turtles laid the eggs the tourists
should spend the night at the tent or spent the night at local villagers’
settlements with a low rental payment. The local villagers would willingly
become guide to peep at the turtles laid the eggs.      
CITES included
both species of turtles at Appendix I which prohibited all kinds of turtle
trade in the world. IUCN Redlist 2004 recorded the green turtle (Chelonia
) as endangered species. While the tortoise shell (Eretmochelys
) was categorised as critically endangered.
Pasir Putih beach,
about 3 kilometres from Teluk Kiluan, 
was the disembarkation place green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and
tortoise shell (Eretmochelys imbricata). Pasir Putih was the beach
remained exotic and untouched with its soft sands and 15 °-25 ° beach
At least the were
six turtle’s disembarkation places in Pasir Putih. The turtle usually laid the
eggs and heap up its eggs with sands. In addition to human being, monitor
lizard (Varanus sp) was the most threat for turtles’ eggs.
Dolphins’s Kiluan Bay (source:

Before the period
of 2003, the turtle’s poaching was lively undergone by Flores and Balinese
poacher. The Flores and Balinese poacher brought hundreds of turtles to Bali
monthly. However, since there were three Flores poachers arrested and brought
before Tanjungkarang National Court at the end of 2003 ago, nowaday those
turtles eventually live safely.  

Formerly, the
turtle’s poaching was undergone in Teluk Kiluan, west beach of Lampung, Teluk
Lampung, up to the north part of Krui (West Lampungt). Teluk Kiluan was the
site for the temporary reservoir of turtles before being brought to Bali about.
Since local villagers’ understanding about those protected turtles were still
restricted, up to now some local villagers took the turtles’ eggs away at Pasir
Putih beach, Kiluan.
Kiluan local
villagers usually took the turtles’ eggs to consume. The turtles’ eggs were
found by digging the holes consist of egg left by turtles behind. The local
villagers also often waited for turtles came out to the shore at the night in
order to avoid for being preceded by those who had the same intention. That
ping-pong ball seized-egg was consumed before previously bolied. 
The main reason to
consume that turtle’s egg was because of its delicious taste as well as its
high protein. According to Amin, the head of RT in Bandung Jaya, some local
villagers already knew that the turtle’s egg was prohibited to take away. 

The local
villagers’ willing to look for an alternative of protein resource drove some of
them frequently neglected that prohibition. So, rising the of Kiluan’s society
consciousness to know the function of turtle conservation was undeniably a
must. However, it would be more successfully done if it was followed up through
the seeking of alternative for protein resource since the local villagers
rarely consumed hen eggs or meats.[]