Bat attack! Swimming with sharks & turtle rescue – Sailing Ep 175
It’s blowing quite hard out there. We’re
expecting a good 15kts of wind maybe 20. Can you hear that? It’s the sounds of the
rain forest. We’re half way… more than half way? The trip back over the
mountain was a little bit sketchy. It’s very, very steep. The signpost said 45
degrees. Turtles should be free! They should be free to lay their eggs and do
what they do in the sea! Well, as you may be able to hear. Liz is
freaking out, the bats have returned… Just getting the torch. Let’s go and see what
Liz is up to. Well, we can hear other boats… … in the anchorage also shaking their halyards. I
can hear a girl on another boat shouting “go away!”
We were chatting… [INCOMING!] Oh here we go… [Laughter] We were chatting to a German guy yesterday on the boat next to us who apparently had a bat land on his his wind instrument and
broke it. So he no longer has wind speed There he is. Look at that! This is us on our scooters. We are going
off for a little ride over the hill of Tioman onto the East Coast. Apparently there’s a
turtle sanctuary there which we want to go and check out so… Let’s go! Well here we are. Dunno where we are
actually. We’re somewhere in the middle of the jungle. And as you can see we’re
surrounded by these huge palms. These palms stand about 20m high.
Take a look at this. Can you hear that? It’s the sounds of the rain forest. We’re… don’t know… halfway,
more than halfway? [No idea] No idea! But it’s just lovely here! You’ve
got the canopy overhead. So it’s lovely and cool… You can hear the noise! Just above the sound of the surf,
which you can hear behind me, because we’re now on the east side which is
where the wind’s coming from. You can see that there’s quite big breaking waves.
Can you believe there’s actually boats out on moorings over there which
surprises me considering the amount of water that’s coming in here. But I’m not
quite sure where I am so I need to find the local information center and find my
way around. Oh it looks like it’s right here. Hold on. Excuse me. Excuse me. [Yep] I’d like to know where the turtle
sanctuary is please. [Over there] “Welcome to Malaysia.” You ruined it by smiling at the end. This is Nuajit. And he’s from the Juara Turtle Sanctuary. [Yes, exactly] And we just had a giggle
because you’ve seen my turtle. Which is part of the Sea Monkey Project.
And you guys are working with them. You’ve got a machine, selling them.
Makes perfect sense! Yeah it’s very good what a plastic waste can become something like this.
Yeah. So what do you do here? Here we try to focus on protecting
the nests, the eggs and also the habitats of sea turtles. Especially on the east
coast of Tioman. When you find any eggs, any nests on the other beaches, on this
beach, we try to relocate everything inside our hatchery.
OK, so you’re protecting them, because if they’re on other beaches
they’re open to predators. And so you try and bring as many as you can here. You
have an actual hatchery. Yeah we have on the beach, just over there.
Is that open to the public? It’s closed, but being surrounded by the mesh you can actually see through the hatchery. So that’s good, they need protecting.
You did just tell me… the main predator is the monitor lizard, and
we know there are a lot of monitor lizards in this area. I asked you if humans are still a problem. Back 20, 30, 40 yrs ago the
local people here collected the eggs for their consumption. It’s like a delicacy
for them for eating the eggs. But I think right now there are less and less, just
a minority only. Because right now they have actually already changed
to another profession, so they are actually involved more in
tourism because tourism here is quite booming. So a lot of people come here so
they need a lot of resources to support that kind of work.
And the island really supports sustainable tourism as much as possible.
Yeah especially here we still have the nesting of sea turtle, so we try to have
sustainable tourism so that we can actually coexist together with the sea turtles. So tourists coming here is actually
helping Tioman, and certainly helping Tioman’s turtles. It’s giving local people
employment and the turtles are being looked after. Yeah exactly, very good. You can see all the Xs here… … used to have the nesting of the sea
turtles, but unfortunately right now we have around five or six beaches
that still have the nesting. On Juara, this area here, actually is the
last resort for them to nest. Juara here we have two beaches here. On this beach here we
already had 8 nests, so actually all the 8 nests are from one turtle. One mother turtle can lay up to 8 times per season. Wow! How many eggs in one nest? Roughly, for green turtles around 100 to 120. Hawksbill they lay more, around 150 eggs. And is it mostly green and hawksbill?
In Juara we only have two species, green and hawksbill. Some of the visitors they have here are
disappointed there aren’t any turtles to see. Now obviously that’s not something
that the guys here want to do because turtles should be free they should be
free to lay their eggs and do what they do in the sea. They did keep a turtle
for a while, Jo, and they kept that turtle because it was blind and they
looked after it. But a couple of years ago they got up one morning and
the turtle was gone. It used to be – I think it was a she (or a he, I’m not quite
sure!) – kept in this tank here. So no way the turtle could have got out on its
own. Somebody took it So we just hope that poor Jo, who is a
blind turtle, is doing okay somehow… We’ve just done a nice little cruise over to
the east side of the island, and we’ve come back west. And we thought we’d go up north,
north from the west side. Now I don’t know if it’s very clear in our
blog but we were once anchored just there and we’ve actually moved down. I
think I’ll mention a couple of reasons why. One was the smell of the rubbish which
I think’s right there. The other thing are these little b——s. You can
probably hear them, they are fruit bats. And there must be about 20 pine trees
that these little critters are living in. They have an average wingspan of 1.4m
…and how many thousands are there of them? These trees are littered with them. I’ll point the camera up and we can have a closer look at them. Noisy b——s, aren’t they? We’ve had a great day just cruising around the island. It’s been a real eye-opener. Having a scooter is, I think, one of the best ways to see
an area. Just because you’re exposed to the elements you know. The trip
back over the mountain, though, that one up there which you can’t see, was a
little bit sketchy. It’s very, very steep. The signpost said 45 degrees. Anyway
we’re going to wrap up today’s little jaunt with a trip to our
favourite restaurant, and this one’s called the Sarang Seafood Village.
I’m only mentioning this because we’ve eaten here so many times now. We’ve tried
a few other restaurants in Tioman, one in particular (and I’m gonna mention the
name) they called Cabana and they’re on the beach. Complete f—-. The moodiest
people you will ever meet. Never go there. They’re w——!
But this place is probably the best food on the island. We’ve eaten at a
few of the restaurants here, but this one’s definitely our favourite.
Liz is already tucking into one of our favourite starters, which is a ikan bilis,
basically anchovies fried up with hot chilli and also with
onion. It’s extremely tasty. And the other thing with this place is that
right next door is the off-license, where we buy our beer. Don’t forget
it’s all duty-free here so it’s nice and cheap. You pick up your beer from here
and you come and eat over there. Let’s go. I’ll show you what what this ikan bilis is like, it’s absolutely delicious. Well I was going to show you the
ikan bilis, but it looks like someone’s eaten it all. There it is. Fried with onion and
hot chilli. It’s absolutely delicious. It goes very well with a beer and a vape…Oh and a Sommersby, a little cider. One of Liz’s favorite temples Well it is D-day. It’s time to leave for
the Anambas. So we’re just doing a bit of a quick tidy up. Got some pasta on the go.
We should fill our tums. Most importantly Millie has found her sweet spot [Miaow]
Sorry! What d’you think Mills? It’s blowing quite hard out there, we’re expecting a good 15kts of wind, maybe 20. And it should be on the
beam, so exciting stuff. OK, we’re weighing anchor
and we’re ready to rock and roll! Wind is quite strong actually, haven’t
checked, but it’s gusting quite strong through here, so it’ll be interesting to see what
happens. Got about five miles to go up the side of the coast. Might run down
wind with the head sail, we’ll see how it goes. Anchor seems to be okay which was a bit of a worry because there’s lots of coral
here, but I think we’re in sand… blah blah blah blah blah… let’s go.