By Panca Nugraha
Some 75 green sea turtles hatchlings crawled to the sea at Senggigi beach in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, with a little help from dozens of tourists on Thursday.
As the hatchlings reached the open sea and swam vigorously against the tide, the tourists had kept their cameras on to capture the joyful moments.
“What an amazing experience. I feel so happy to witness this moment during my first trip to Lombok,” Australia’s Alicia Noonan told the Jakarta Post.
The management of Sheraton hotel in Senggigi, which created the event to mark its 75th anniversary, said that the green sea turtles were hatched at the hotel’s turtle conservation center.
The hotel buys eggs from locals and puts them for incubation. The baby turtles, locally called tukik, will stay at the center for the next three months before being returned to the sea.
“In 15 years, we have released more than nine million turtles to their habitat,” Sheraton sales director Jelantik Suharta said.