Friday, December 18, 2009

The Reptiles' Eggs that People Love to Eat

What if there is only 100 humans left in this world? Out of 100, 30 of them are female. And what if, everytime newborn baby are born, some other kind of creature take it away randomly everytime they have an opportunity to grow up? What if? Well that what turtles feel today if they can express their feeling and write their own blog.

Malaysia is fortunate to host 4 species of marine turtle. Out of 7 species of turtles that exist in the world, there are 4 types of turtles in Malaysia. The species consists of Leatherback Turtle [Penyu Belimbing], Green Turtle [Penyu Agar], Hawksbill Turtle [Penyu Karah] and Olive Ridley Turtle [Penyu Lipas].

Hawksbill Turtle

Green Turtle

But sadly, the number of the turtles in most places in Malaysia especially in Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang and Melaka has plummeted and some population are on the brink of extinction. Dude? That is uncool.

They are threatened by the loss of nesting and feeding habitats, excessive egg-collection, fishery related mortality [such as stuck in the fisherman's nets], pollution and coastal development

Olive Ridley Turtle

One of the major factor that did most damage of the extinction of turtle is the human habit to have the turtles' eggs as exotic dish. Some said turtle eggs have power of inner energy especially for men. Why must all this kind of traditional and extensive of food or herbs always being significant to men's mojo and energy? Just get the blue pills if you are that desperate to prove to your significant other your manhood.

Leatherback Turtle

Maybe there are available in the market. Eventhough there is an enforcement to "stop" this illegal activity but there are still on demand, and there are always people who happily provide the offer. In my hometown Kuching, the eggs can be bought for RM1.50 to 2.00 each in black market and it can be bought openly in Serikin [at Malaysia - Indonesia border small town less than 2 hours from Kuching] even with cheaper price and less enforcement.

Shockingly, when we were at Kuala Terengganu, the eggs are sold openly at Pasar Payang on the rack together with fishes and other marine products. There is no hesitation or worryness shown on seller's face. At all. As if there are nothing to worry about and the enforcement didn't exist.

The eggs the sell openly at Pasar Payang, Kuala Terengganu

I used to eat turtle eggs when I was little. I stopped when I was in primary school after I watched a documentary on tv about the extinction of turtles. There was no specific law in prohibiting the selling of turtle eggs that time. I just feel that I dont want to be in the statistic of people that contributed to the extinction of the turtles.

Turtle Eggs as a side course for meal. Gross. [this is not my family dinner picture]

I will always be the first jackass whenever my mum or my other family members bought turtle eggs and served them at lunch or dinner. Usually I will not take my meal as a sign of protest. But as usual, I ended up going to the kitchen after everybody is done with their meal so I can get the leftover rice for me to eat. I was a growing teenager that time and always hungry. So it was an expected act from me.

I just don't get it, how people can eat the eggs of this cute little reptiles. And they are reptiles for godsake! In the same category with snakes, crocs and lizards. So next time, if you are thinking to have turtle eggs as your dinner, think again. And this time think of snakes and lizards, too.


  1. When I was little, I thought the eggs were smashed ping-pong balls. Wonder why people like to eat them. Could it be that they think they might live as long as those leather-backs? Like 200 years old?

    I'm all against extinction of any species, like you.

    Take care now :)

  2. Hi Zendra,

    You know what? Me too!! haha.. I always thought the same thing masa kecik2. Ended up I never liked the taste and the look of telur penyu.

    Good to have other person who againts extinction of species esp turtle. I always tell my friend, if out of 10, and only us who againts to mkn the turtle eggs, at least we can save 10 - 20 turtle baby per year. At least. Peace on earth.

  3. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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