Hey June…

3 07 2009

The season hasn’t slowed down for us, the end of June brought 5 more Green nests, and 1 more Hawksbill, as well as 115 more hatchlings!

A Hawksbill Hatchling

To celebrate the activity we’ve had this year, and as a big thank you to all our students and guests, we’ve put together this video of the highlights of the past few months! Enjoy!

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First Hatchlings of the season!

1 06 2009

We’ve had our first hatchlings!!

We’re proud to announce that the first nest laid on the 3rd April 2009 have now hatched! 70 out of the 103 Green hatchlings were born over a period of four days from the 27th to the 30th of May giving the nest a 78% success rate!

The hatchlings were released immediately making their way down the beach into the big blue ocean. It is likely that if they survive to adulthood in about 20 years, the female turtles will navigate their return to Melina Beach to lay their eggs! It is not fully understood how they know to return to the exact same beach but many scientists believe that the turtles can sense the Earth’s magnetic field and use this to find their way.

Ecofieldtrips staff were busy in the office in Singapore, and so there was no photographs to document this event, but this is one of our Green hatchlings from last year making it’s first steps towards freedom!

Hatchling heading out the sea in front of Melina Beach

We still expect to have nests delivered and we’ll keep you updated on this and when more nests begin to hatch which should be any day now!!!

Thanks to GEMS World Academy for funding, and HKIS for building a successful hatchery!





Full to bursting!

18 05 2009

Since our last post we’ve had six new nests including three Hawksbill nests! This brings the total for 2009 up to 8 and completely filling up the hatchery funded by GEMS World Academy Dubai, and built by Hong Kong International School students.

MBR Turtle Hatchery with our nests so far...

This brings our total number of eggs this year up to 813!! The first nests are due to hatch any day now, so keep an eye out for updates!





Ready, Set….GO!

27 04 2009

It’s all kicking off at Melina Beach – since our last post we’ve been so busy there hasn’t even been time to update the blog! Ecofieldtrips is running at full throttle and Australian International School Singapore students have taken over Melina Beach Resort for the last few weeks. The timing could not have been more perfect, we’ve had an abundance of nests delivered to the hatchery! Most of the students were lucky enough to watch the egg relocations, and some even did their part in burying them!

AIS Student burying an egg in our hatchery

Ecofieldtrips have also added another activity to their Turtle Conservation programme – A nest digging competition!!! After learning more about the biology and conservation of Marine Turtles – the students have to dig their very own nest (they, of course, may lay eggs if they wish) and fashion the mother “sand” turtle next to it! This has proved a fantastic activity and we are blown away by the enthusiam and creativity of the students!

Karen Chen demonstrating how to dig a nest

Sand Turtle with Nest





First Nest of 2009!

12 04 2009

Turtle tracks

In the early hours of 3rd April, we took in 103 Green Turtle eggs from the other side of the stream from the Penthouse at Melina Beach Resort. Ecofieldtrips’ staff were on location to bury these eggs in the newly finished hatchery!

EFT Staff Member Jen Chapman burying the eggs

We are so happy to welcome the first batch of eggs and have very high hopes for the coming season! We’ll keep updating you on the comings and goings of our turtles, and will be reporting on the hatchlings in 45-50 days!





New Hatchery for 2009!

14 03 2009

After monsoon tides had destroyed our hatchery, we enlisted the help of Hong Kong International School to help us build a new one. On a recent fieldtrip to Tioman Island, the school dedicated a morning to securing the hatchery in place ready for the 2009 season.


HKIS building the new hatchery


The new hatchery was entirely funded by generous students from GEMS World Academy Dubai who got together and rose over RM 1000 for the Melina Beach Turtle Programme. Hong Kong International School also left a generous donation of over RM 400.

The finished hatchery

We wish to thank everybody involved for their hard work and generosity, which has given us a great start to what we hope is a very successful season!


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Hawksbill nests at Melina Beach!

16 11 2008

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We were delighted to see a Hawksbill nest on Melina Beach this year, right next to our Penthouse! This is a rarity since the Hawksbill is a critically endangered species, and we were thrilled to release 72 hatchlings in August. We hope this small effort will make a difference to the turtle populations around the island!