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The Voyage of Our Turtles: Puteri Tanjung Dahan



 
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Location and movement of Puteri Tanjung Dahan

Turtle Name:
Puteri Tanjung Dahan
Named by Datuk Seri Haji Mohd. Ali bin Mohd. Rustam, the Chief Minister of Melaka

Current Location
Riau Archipelago (Indonesian Waters)
as of 14 March 2007

Deployment Location
Tanjung Dahan, Melaka

Deployment Date
26 August 2006

Flipper Tag Numbers
MY4410/MY4411

Curved Carapace Length (Shell Length)
82.3cm

Curved Carapace Width (Shell Width)
72.8cm

Weight
57.5kg
Puteri Tanjung Dahan with the satellite transmitter attached. She was officially named by the Chief ... 
	© WWF-Malaysia/Stephen Hogg
Puteri Tanjung Dahan with the satellite transmitter attached. She was officially named by the Chief Minister of Melaka, Datuk Seri Haji Mohd. Ali bin Mohd. Rustam.
© WWF-Malaysia/Stephen Hogg

Biography

Puteri Tanjung Dahan was spotted by her tracks at approximately 1am on 26 August 2006. She had deposited 114 eggs that night. It was the first time we encountered her this season and she was tagged with the tag numbers MY4410/MY4411.

A KIWISAT 101 satellite transmitter was attached to her carapace (shell) and she was released at 7.30am. We returned to patrol the same beach and the adjacent ones 12 days later (this due to the nature of hawksbills which usually return to nest at an average interval of 12 to 16 days). There was no sign of her until, at last - she returned to the same beach (Tanjung Dahan) 18 days later!

Puteri Tanjung Dahan has officially swum into Indonesian waters. Initially, she did not move very far, as she was going back and forth the waters of Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, and was even detected off the coral reefs of Tanjung Tuan and Pulau Besar.

Eventually, she embarked on a journey towards south of Peninsular Malaysia and was last found roaming around the Riau Archipelago.