Here is a short video of the releasing of 117 Sea Turtle hatchlings. Hopefully they will find their way out their in the big ocean and return once again when they are ready to lay their eggs.

Within the Thousand islands JAAN also helps protect Sea Turtles. In the area the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles do still lay their eggs despite the many threats and nuisances they are facing with such as new coastal constructions, lights on the beach areas and the building of walls etc around the small reef islands. It becomes a greater challenge for the turtles to lay their eggs when they return to their beach of origin.

Sea Turtles return to the beach where they hatched originally to lay their own eggs. JAAN protects the nests from predators like monitor lizards but also from humans who still poach the eggs. We do this by placing nettings and a stainless steel frame around the nest. We count the days of potential hatching and then daily observe any movements, prior opening the fence to allow the sea-turtles to hatch naturally.

JAAN doesn’t agree with the non natural hatch centers where Sea Turtle eggs are brought in to hatch inside plastic buckets and the hatchlings are placed inside plastic tanks. This is very unnatural and might harm the turtles not only those individuals inside the tanks but also have a bigger impact on the Sea Turtle population due to wrong temperatures during the ‘nesting’ period which effects the gender of the hatchlings.

Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.

Confiscated Sea turtles and wounded sea turtles receive treatment and are released the soonest back to open sea.
A fully grown Hawksbill Turtle.
A fully grown Hawksbill Turtle.


Sea turtles are protected in Indonesia under both regulations by the Ministry of
Environment and Forestry as well as the Fisheries Department yet the trade in live
sea turtles is still a huge issue, and mostly concentrated in Bali.

Also irresponsible fast speedboats / jetskis can harm sea turtles, and sadly we receive seaturtles with
propellor wounds in need of treatment. Also plastic and fishing rope ingestion has
been one of the reasons for seaturtles in need of treatment.

We nurse the live sea turtles seized by the authorities and wounded / stranded
seaturtles in need of help at the ‘Umah Lumba’ facility in West Bali

  •  treating the turtles and ensuring their safe return to the ocean
     raising awareness of local communities to the need to protect turtles and their

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To read about and see photos of our LATEST release of Sea Turtle hatchlings, Click Here!