This is going to be a fairly interesting post that I believe most of the animal loving adventure seekers will like to read about. It’s one of my favorite experiences with relevance to animals by far. Before we go further, just a quick recap on what led us here at Cherating during the weekend. My family and I went for a getaway to spend omoni’s birthday away from the hustle bustle of the city. We looked up places to stay and found there to be the Impiana Hotel, apart from Club Med. The rest seemed to have less good reviews so we decided on Impiana Resort at last.
It was a smooth 3 hour ride with short stops in between. It’s been awhile since I took the back seat (pun intended) so it felt absolutely luxurious to sleep like Business Class at the back of my dad’s ride with an airline blanket draped all over me. We first got to the restaurant in the resort because we skipped breakfast as we headed out late from home!
I stared at this photo for so long because I’m so amazed at the clarity!
I was in the mood for lasagna this morning and when this came I was even hungrier! It looks SO good. But one bite into it, I ate 4-5 more and left it aside. It was hands down the worst lasagne I’ve ever had. Never ever order this.
We took a stroll around the empty resort on a Friday afternoon. Nobody was there - we had the beach to ourselves and found this little tyre to play with.
Got to learn the hang of it after a few times – but it takes alot of arm strength, which I have none of.
They also had this area full of flags. Someone can enlighten me on what this area is probably for if not to see if there’s wind.
Probably a good place to take photos, I thought.
We rented bikes for RM 25 for two hours. It seemed like it was going to rain so we asked if we could do a hour, and come back the next day to redeem. The staff kindly said YES! We ended up using all two hours anyway. It was also a good reunion with my Biking Balance. It’s been a year since I’ve been no a bicycle.
Clearly edited the colour of the photo but only cause I always love red and green put together in photos!
They also had this place where you could play handball/volleyball by the beach. The place was really SO empty I could take shots like these.
She said “Don’t take my photo!”. I did.
We walked around the area for quite a bit waiting for 6.45PM because we had booked to release little sea turtles back into the sea for RM 15 each. My parents, brother and I all got one to release so at least we let four into its nature. At first I was completely stoked to be doing this for them – it made me feel very happy! Money also goes to charity, to the preservation of the turtles from Club Med so it was a super feel good activity to do. I was wondering where’d they get the turtles for us, turned out they were keeping these babies in a chiller box to be chosen by the releasers everyday. There was easily about 30-40 of them in the box and we were even wondering if there was a package price to release ALL of these babies into the sea at once.
We were to wait till release time so that the sky is no longer as bright in order to prevent possible predators to see the babies when they are at sea and get them killed. So we had some dessert about half an hour before activity time.
We got two ice kacangs and man, were they huge! Only at RM 10 each. In a resort, I must say that’s a pretty good price
Absolutely huge – we could have just ordered one to share.
And then it was time to release the baby sea turtles! Little penyu’s we call them. You don’t always get to do this all year round, there are seasons. We apparently just missed the egg laying season where you can all wake up early in the morning (or stay late enough) to watch the mother turtle come on shore to lay eggs. These turtles apparently always come back to where they were born and released, and everytime they lay eggs they always tear cause of the pain.
All of us who signed up gathered around the staff who gave us a short brief on the turtles. On this day, there were about 7 turtles that was scheduled to be released. They put in about 10 in that pale and we all had to choose one that we wanted to release. The remaining ones I felt horrible for leaving them there, but how many can you let go?
They were only about 4 days old
He was telling us how the stomach is very fragile so we should all only hold the turtles by the side of its shell. Hold it vertically, not horizontally in between your finger tips.
I’m not a turtle expert, but doesn’t its eyes look slightly under developed? Like a layer still hasn’t fully peeled off yet.
Then it was time to choose the turtles of our choice. When it comes to these things I always think a little too far back, and imagine maybe this turtle’s spirit has saved me from past life and now I am the chosen on to return the favor to release it back into nature pfft. Do you all think like this too? Or maybe I’m just crazy.
Don’t worr we did not torture the turtles! Photo taking session was only about a minute before we had to quickly release them into the sea
My little chosen one. It was so active, waddling and pushing away my fingers with all its might! Strong one
I think it’s quite funny how people distant themselves from animals when they are picking it up!
Mom’s lazy little turtle, not even struggling to paddle out from grasp
And then it was time to go!
Honestly I felt a little melancholy because we were briefed that their chance of living is even lesser than 5%. This is because they are still too young and do not know how to dive into the water and save themselves from danger. Letting them out into the sea only leaves them prone to predators like flying eagles or sea creatures from below who can gobble them up in a second. I really wanted to release the rest of the turtles in the chiller box earlier, but having heard this I just wanted to give them a little more time to grow up so that the develop diving skills. But this is nature, and they only belong here.
Ready! Get set! Go!
My little one charging forth, the first among the crowd. Hopefully its a good sign of its survival! /teary
This was mom’s and one of it’s legs seemed to not be working so it slowly trampled its way towards the sounds of the ocean. I was THIS close to picking it up and swapping it with another. How can you let a slightly disabled one into the sea just like that? I was stopped, but honestly felt wished so hard inside that it would survive!
The closer it got into the ocean, the faster it paddled it way! Back home.
And then a wave came by, and ALL of them got swept and pulled into the ocean. You can still see one of its heads popping up at the centre of the photo.That little dot black there. So happy to see its head poking out like that. It was goodbye.
Another wave crashed and they were all finally out of sight. We said our final goodbyes and wished them the best!
Went to bed that night wondering if my little turtle was still alive – and I have a strong feeling it was.
Absolutely one of the more interesting things I’ve done lately – hopefully you care to try it out at least once too.