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November 30, 2010

Hidden Gem of Penang Island - Pantai Kerachut (Part II)

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I love this scenic sunset at the jetty!

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The after shower me. It's getting darker and without DSLR images are not that attractive anymore at night... I didn't want to turn on the flash as I'd no longer able to capture the sunset color with myself right in front of the camera.

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Foodie time at 7 something. Rice cooked with the Bunsen burner. The rest, mostly instantly good-to-eat processed food. Yet we had a big variety of food, few types of instant noodle, marinated stuffs for BBQ, loads of snacks and junk food, and beverages. Too hungry to snap more photos.

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This is how dark it is at 8pm. I didn't see other campers around except us and another foreigner who seemed to have camped there for more than 1 week. Maybe he was there for research. Scary huh? Maybe can hold a Halloween party here. Will be interesting.

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After dinner we went to the jetty for games. No more photos as I still haven't get them from our photographer.. I slept few hours on the wooden bridge, then moved to the tent because I really CANNOT tahan the mosquitoes!! (grumble)

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The very next morning I didn't manage to wake up during sunrise... WELL ANYWAY THERE WON'T BE ANY SUNRISE HERE ok.. You're at the North-West facing the sea. Remember the sunset? Unless you're at the Northern most or Southern most of the island then you can enjoy both the sunrise and sunset.

Now about the Turtle Hatchery. We took a left turn after coming out from our camp site. You will see signs of "Turtle Crossing" on the way. These are the exact places where you will find turtles coming to lay eggs during midnight, if you are lucky. I guess one of the reasons to off all the lights after 12am is not to scare away the turtles.

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BLUE! BLUE! BLUE! I'm finding it hard to believe that I'm still in Penang... Compare it with the colors surrounding the Penang Bridge.

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Here we are! At the turtle conservation center.

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I like this!! Fence painted with stenciled design of turtles.

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So looks like some Intel employees sponsored this tutle hatchery and sanctuary.

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A little piece of information of biology:
"A sea turtle embryo develops inside of an eggshell that keeps it from drying out but allows for gas exchange. As development proceeds, the chorion and allantois fuse to form the chorioallantois membrane, whice facillitates embryonis "breathing"."

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Behind this container...

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OMG!! OMG!! Cute little turtles. These were just hatched not so long ago, waiting to be released back to the sea. Made me think of Sammy's Adventure.

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Then we went into the center for more information and to see the illustrated hatching process.

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Data logger for another batch of turtle eggs.

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If my house has this view...

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Finally it's time to go back. We were exhausted to hike back, we knew that we would be exhausted, so before we came yesterday, we have chartered a speedboat for the journey back. There are a few special spots to see if you're riding a speedboat back.

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The "Turtle Rock". A fisherman's standing on its back.

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The alligator head. Can you spot it?

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So many people fishing on the rock. Cool.

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Till then, we're back to the shoreline.

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Next time if you have enough time, consider to depart early so that you can cover another spectacular spot as well -- The Light House (spot E). But that's another challenging task as you can see from the trail guide, it's not just next to Kerachut Beach.

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i did not know Penang got turtle santuary ?

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