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In Search of Leatherbacks in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

20 November 2009

Second day we were asked to wake up at 5:30am! By after breakfast and 6:15am we were off. The seas were glass flat and calm as. The early morning sun made really brilliant reflections on the water but after 2 hours of searching, we still didn’t see any leatherback turtles.

Yogi spotted the first leatherback […]

Kei Island Turtles

19 – 26 November 2009

After zooming around the many islands in Wakatobi, it was a relief to finally stay put in one community and concentrate in one thing and one thing only – leatherback marine turtles. Kei is the only location in Indonesia we can hope to photograph leatherbacks underwater. It is also the home to […]

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Bali, Indonesia: Hope in Paradise

By Alya B. Honasan

IT was serendipitous that an important meeting of Coral Triangle partners was going on in Bali at the same time we visited, as scientists, conservation experts, and government representatives from all over the world gathered to work out plans of action. That meant that a whole battery of experts was ready and […]

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More Leatherback Turtles and Faces of Papuan Kids

24 – 29 July 2009

For the next four nights, we consistently saw two leatherback turtles laying eggs. We didn’t have as many companions now as the first night, and we developed some sort of nightly ritual.  A long boat (dugout canoe with outriggers) would take us from Batu Rumah to Warmamedi at sunset.

The boys Daro […]

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Leatherback Turtles

23 July 2009

We arrived in Batu Rumah sometime 3 pm of July 23.  Immediately our WWF leaders Mr. Bas and Franki called for a meeting with all the site monitoring staff and some local Papuan patrol volunteers.

Our presence and intentions were explained to everybody and our succeeding nights were planned.  It was going to be […]

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Remote Expedition to West Papua, Indonesia

23 – 29 July 2009

Um Island
Batu Rumah

We have been planning this part of our expedition since before we left Australia for Asia four months ago. When we found out that WWF Indonesia had a project site for leatherback turtles, we zeroed in on what we needed to do and plan. Malaria was something we were […]

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WWF Malaysia in Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area

25 – 30 June

Kudat Harbour

Pulau Banggi

The efficient WWF Malaysia machinery was immediately felt when I started getting a series of text messages regarding transport, hotel accommodations and our overall visit to Kudat from Betty of the WWF KK office. Then Sofia Johari, the CEPA or Community Education, Protection, and Awareness Officer of Kudat-Banggi PCA left me a message that […]

Turtle Love – Sipadan Malaysia

By Alya B. Honsasan

23 – 25 June  2009

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I SHOULD have gotten the hint when I did my check-out dive the afternoon I arrived at the Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) on Mabul Island, one of the two islands within view of Sipadan. On that relaxed 40-minute dive in Paradise 2 and 3, two famous sites near […]