Sunday, August 03, 2014

Dancing turtles

As you know, Younger Son and Nuora are in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia setting up a marine conservation project, Blue Temple Conservation. One of the creatures they're particularly fond of and anxious for the future about is the turtle and one of the aims of the project is to help raise awareness. 

Boat trips providing opportunities for tourists to snorkel are a valuable source of income for the islanders but tourists can potentially cause harm to turtles through their lack of knowledge. Leafleting isn't a particularly successful method of increasing awareness so the team at Blue Temple are trying to think of more imaginative ways to draw attention to the plight of the turtle. Or at least to attract attention and to follow it up with a leaflet and chat. And one of their attention-drawing ploys is the Turtle Dance.

Younger Son put a video on Facebook of volunteers doing the Turtle Dance and suggested that others could make their own video and send it in. So, of course, any opportunity to be silly and I'm there.
And in case you're in any doubt over the threat to turtles know that the World Wildlife Fund appeal for June was specifically for marine turtles. They are included in the Endangered to Critically Endangered category on the risk of extinction list.


6 comments:

Trubes said...

Well done liz,
you are a scream, love your dance, wait 'til son sees it !

Di...xxx

Shirley Davis said...

Brilliant! The Turtles will be very pleased with you. Quite what DS will feel ... I say 'Proud'!

Liz Hinds said...

Thanks, Di and Shirl!

Younger Son loves it!

Leslie: said...

Awesome, Liz! Now do it in the pool! lol

Liz Hinds said...

My paint would run if I did that, leslie!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

To quote grandson ...

AWESOME !