Sentani, Jubi – World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an international non-governmental organization, is now using a “tracking satellite” to monitor the activity of leather back sea turtles to lay their eggs at Jamursba Medi beach, Tambrauw of West Papua province, an activist said.
The program director of Papua Benja, Victor Mambai, in Sentani, last week, said leather back sea turtles were found at Jamorsba Medi and Warmon beaches in Tambrauw regency, which are well – known as one of the best beaches for turtles in the world.
The turtles go foraging up in California, Kei and to the South regions of Papua, which are Australia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and even New Zealand.
The other reason of using a “tracking satellite” is to monitor the development of leather-back turtles. WWF also installed transmitters or satellite tag of around 500 grams.
Its shape is square similar to mice that are equipped with an automatic switch that is glued to the back of the turtle.
“So the habitat is here, but it goes up all the way to California, because there are more food source,” he said. Therefore, it is going to establish a cooperation between local government and state government in California in order to preserve the population of leather – back turtles. (*/ Tina)