Malaysia may be a small country but it boasts a huge biodiversity of land and marine animals.
The sea turtle in particular comprise just one of the many species in Malaysia’s diverse sea fauna. A graceful animal that has an affinity for open and coastal waters, they can be spotted in Malaysian waters and on shore during the nesting season. Turtle watching at Cherating, Rantau Abang, Malacca as well as Borneo offers some of the best spots to see these marine creatures.
Malaysia’s waters are home to a few species of sea turtles, which can be categorised into two families: the Cheloniidae or the Dermochelyidae. The four main species of sea turtles in Malaysia are the Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle, Leatherback Turtle and Olive Ridley Turtle.
Common threats to these marine turtles include natural predators, stray fishing nets, indiscriminate fishing, pollution, as well as poaching. Though these species can still be spotted during the nesting season, their population has declined tremendously over the years, with some of the species currently on the critically endangered list.