Golden Sands Resort, Penang Welcomes Back Unexpected Guests: Green Turtles

At Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, it is in our nature to treat a stranger as our own. Our colleagues at Golden Sands Resort, Penang exemplified this commitment when a female green turtle laid 140 eggs on the resort’s beachfront. This is the first time in twenty years that a female turtle laying eggs along the popular tourist belt of Batu Feringgi Beach.

Azmin Afu Hasan, a member of Golden Sands Resort’s security team, found the turtle laying her eggs when he investigated a dog barking on the beach.

“It was so big!” Hasan described. “The head was as large as a watermelon and I saw the turtle shed tears when laying its eggs.”

As the eggs were laid on a popular tourist beach, our colleagues knew the eggs had to be transported to a safe area so they would not be stepped on. Three fisheries officers at the resort carefully collected the eggs and delivered them to the Pantai Kerachut Turtle Sanctuary at the northern edge of Penang for incubation and hatching. Once they mature, the hatchlings will be released into the local waters.

Great job to our colleagues who stepped in to treat these little strangers as their own!