Thursday, 25 March 2010

The turtles, conservation n health hazards

A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being naturally
slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally
the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the
second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!

For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket,
and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten
the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.

After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve
the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving
turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He
agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned.
The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five
years...six years... then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest
turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was
going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich.

At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting,

'See! I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.'

[ Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we
don't do anything ourselves .]


We were in Pasar Payang in Kuala Terengganu last weekend and came across some stalls selling the turtle eggs and immediately thot of our friend Rahayu, a Programme Officer at Ma’ Daerah Turtle Conservation Programme (Peninsular Malaysia) (

Took this photo and forwarded it to her :


The price? RM45.00 for 10 or RM4.50 each!

(Photos taken by Ayu at Pasar Payang days later)

She forwarded this link on the turtle eggs :

Chemical Contamination of Green Turtle
(Chelonia mydas) Eggs in Peninsular Malaysia:
Implications for Conservation and Public Health
Jason P. van de Merwe, Mary Hodge, Henry Olszowy,
Joan M. Whittier, Kamarruddin Ibrahim, Shing Y. Lee
doi: 10.1289/ehp.0900813 (available at
Online 29 May 2009

Taken a different website :

"It has been detected that turtle meat and eggs contain high levels of heavy metals and organic pollutants, and these are stored and transmitted from generation to generation since they can not be cleansed by our organism. The consumption of turtle products significantly contributes to an increase in the risk of contracting some types of cancer and heart disease. It has also been confirmed that these components also cause infertility and sexual dysfunction; thus resulting in results contrary to those typically sought after (and in fact not true): sexual power and the worst thing is that those agents will be stored in your system and you will transmit them to your children, just as the turtles currently do."



Anonymous said...

I like the info about turtle as posted here, some of them I never heard before. I used to eat turtle egg while I was staying in Kuantan before. I love the taste. Thanks for sharing this. To me turtle among the good animal,same as frog that never hurt human,only human always disturbing them and make them suffer.

Cheqna said...

thank u Rad...glad to know that the info is useful to you as well.


Cat-in-Sydney said...

Hok oghang larang tu dia nok makang lagi deh? Hambe geli nengok isi telor tu serupa ingus. Sumpah, dok pernoh jjamoh. purrr....meow!

Cheqna said...

Dear Cats...nok buak guane..kesian ke cik Ayu kitaa..n on her behalf, i say thank u..

errr...hope ur mama dok jamoh etek!



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