A total of 31 leatherback turtles, known as the giant turtles of the world explorer, land and lay eggs in Yenbekaki village, Raja Ampat Regency, throughout 2018.
The Yenbekaki village turtle conservation activist group noted that in May 2018 eight leatherback turtles landed and laid eggs in the coastal area of Warebar, Yenbekaki village.
Then in June there were five, in July there were eight, in August there were three, September as many as three, and October as many as four.
Chairman of the Yenbekaki Village Activist Group, Yusuf Mayor, in Waisai, Papua, Monday (4/2), said that as many as 31 leatherback turtles that landed in the Warebar Coast area during 2018 lay as many as 3,706 eggs.
He explained that out of the thousands of eggs, 1,000 eggs were damaged and as many as 2,706 eggs succeeded in hatching into hatchlings.
Yusuf said that the community activists for the conservation of the Yenbekaki village turtle helped guard the Warebar Beach area where the giant turtle nest was from the attack of predators targeting their eggs.
Breeding of hatchlings is carried out no later than two weeks after the eggs hatch, so the hatchlings are really strong and then released into the sea.
“The work of the community activists for the conservation of the Yenbekaki Raja Ampat village turtle throughout 2018 managed to release 2,706 giant turtle hatchlings into the sea,” he said.
Leatherback turtles are the largest turtle in the world and are the fourth largest reptile in the world after three types of crocodiles.
The name of this turtle in English is the Leatherback Sea Turtle, but many Indonesians call it a giant turtle, pocket turtle or mabo turtle.
The weight of this turtle can reach 700 kg in length from the tip of the tail to its mouth can reach more than 305 cm.
This jellyfish-eating turtle moves very slowly on the dry land, but when swimming is the fastest reptile in the world with speeds reaching 35 Km per hour.
The migration period of leatherback turtles is between two and three years with a break of nine to ten days.
In Indonesia, turtles that can live for 30 to 100 years are protected or not hunted animals since 1987 based on the decision of the Minister of Agriculture.