Ujung Genteng, Indonesia
Pangumbahan Beach Ujung Genteng Reviews
“ TUKIK HATCHLING " Mar 10, 2012
In the afternoon after seeing the two waterfalls and taking a short rest, we continue to Pangumbahan beach. Here we have a little adventure just to reach the beach, from our hotel we have to rent a motorbike and driver to take us to the beach as the road is to narrow for any other vehicles and it is to far to walk also the ground is flooded and marshy....many motorbikes in convoy...the ride is very exciting.
Pangumbahan coast beach is 70 miles southwest of Sukabumi and 5 miles west from the coast of Ujung Genteng. On this beach there is a sanctuary for the conservation and breeding of Giant Green turtles this is managed by the local government. The Giant Green Sea Turtles nest throughout the year, however the peak nesting season is during the months of June-August. The Giant Green Turtles only nest at night and the ritual often finishes as late as dawn.
Visitors can watch these majestic creatures haul themselves out of the ocean, dig a nest, and lay over a hundred eggs if you are lucky, then the wardens dig up the nesting sites and transfer the eggs safely to a nursery where they incubate and hatch them. Then the turtle hatchlings are reintroduced to the wild every day at 5:30pm the wardens release the hatchlings and ensure they get safely to the sea, and this can be watched and photographed up close.
Pangumbahan beaches are still overgrown by a good Suburb of lush shady trees, so that the air is cooler, which is one of the requirements of the eco system whereby the turtles can lay their eggs. A turtle could spend two hours to complete the "ritual" of laying, first of all turtles will find a location to lay their eggs, but sometimes the turtle will look for another location if she feels there is too much light in the place, this is because the turtles are very sensitive to light. Once in a sense of security, the turtle will begin to dig and lay eggs, it’s at this time that visitors are allowed see sea turtles up close. Once laying, the turtle can produce about 100 eggs and turtles in general they will spawn at the place where they were born.
Visitors at dusk also help release the newly raise young turtles back in the sea via the beach...this very exciting to be apart of and on the beach I can only watch and take a few baby sea turtles (hatchlings) to the beach. Very adorable and this is my first experience, hmmmm thousands of hatchlings are released to take there chance to became...a fully fledged Giant Green Turtle.
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