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What You Can Do

To save our turtles...

  1. Do not buy souvenirs made from turtles.
  2. Do not buy and create a demand for turtle eggs. Allow the eggs to be incubated naturally where laid.
  3. Ensure rubbish is properly disposed of. Plastic bags floating in the ocean are often mistaken for food, and when eaten, may cause a turtle’s death.
  4. Do not light up fires or make noise on a nesting beach. These activities may disturb a nesting turtle.
  5. Avoid using illegal, non-turtle friendly fishing devices. A turtle caught in fishing gear may drown and die.
  6. Support turtle conservation efforts and pass on the conservation message.
Green turtle <i>(Chelonia mydas)</i>,
Pulau Sipadan, Sabah 
© WWF-Malaysia/Jack Jackson
These gentle mariners have swum in the world’s oceans for over 100 million years and have outlived the dinosaurs...but are now struggling to survive, due to our actions towards our planet. Their survival is in our hands. Help save the turtles...before it's too late.
© WWF-Malaysia/Jack Jackson

What Do You Do If You Find A Marine Turtle Stranded On Land?

Firstly, check whether the turtle has metal tags on any of its flippers. IF IT DOES, write down the following information:
  • The tag numbers from each tag. The tag number is written in large lettering on the front of the tag. Usually they take the form of two letters followed by a series of numbers (turtles tagged in Malaysia have the letters MY followed by four numbers, eg. MY4401 and MY4402).
  • The return address from the back of the tag – this address may even be in another country.
  • The place where the turtle was seen or originally caught.
  • The date the turtle was seen and/or caught.
With this information noted, please call the turtle centre at the phone numbers displayed above, or contact:

The Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre
(Pusat Pengurusan Penyu Padang Kemunting)
Tel: +606 384 6754

The Centre is open to public from Tuesdays to Sundays during office hours: 8.30 am - 4 pm. It houses an exhibition hall and an audiovisual room to enhance the knowledge of the public on marine turtles and painted terrapins.

And send one copy of this information (or the tags themselves if the turtle is no longer alive) to:

1, Jalan PJS 5/28A
Petaling Jaya Commercial Centre (PJCC)
46150 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, MALAYSIA

And another copy of this information to the Department of Fisheries Malacca (Jabatan Perikanan Negeri Melaka):

Pengarah Perikanan Negeri Melaka
Jabatan Perikanan Negeri Melaka,
Batu Berendam, 75050 Melaka, MALAYSIA.