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Sea Terrapins Facing Extinction
Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia senior biology officer for the Terengganu Turtle Conservation Programme, Sharifah Ruqaiyah Syed Mustafa said last year, only 69 sea terrapins landed at the Setiu beach compared to 114 in 2009.
"The sea terrapins are at a critical stage and facing extinction. Their landings have dropped from year to year and this is worrying us.
"The matter should be viewed seriously as this is a unique species. They only live in the estuary and parts of the river affected by tides."
She said this when met at the Turtle and Terrapin Hatchery in Kampung Penarik Baru, Setiu in conjunction with the Gotong-Royong Programme for Turtles and Terrapins, today.
She said to ensure the continued survival of the species, the public should stop eating terrapin eggs while development on the river banks and beaches, which are the habitat of the terrapins, should be controlled and public awareness on the importance of conserving this species be raised.
Meanwhile, Sharifah Ruqaiyah said the number of green turtles which landed at the Setiu beach to lay their eggs had increased over the last five years.
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