Island Life

A Natural History of Pulau Tengah, Johore

Batu Batu Resort Sdn Bhd | World Scientific Publishing | 2018


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COMING SOON JAN 2018 Nine nautical miles off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, strung along the middle arc of the Seribuat Archipelago, the roving eye will spot a clutch of sun-washed islands. Narrow the lens a little to focus on the middle island, Pulau Babi Tengah (or Middle Pig Island in the Malay language) named after the wild pigs that used to roam its lands. Set in the protected Johor Marine Park, the island, better known by its shortened name of Pulau Tengah, is three kilometres in circumference with an elevation of 150m at its highest point. Though just sixteen kilometres from the fishing town of Mersing, Johor, and 140km from Singapore, the island ticks every fantasy of an uninhabited paradise island. The beaches that encircle most of the island attract Green and Hawksbill turtles that land to lay their eggs from March to October. The translucent waters that surround the island are home to both coral reefs and meadows of sea grass which in themselves house rich marine life.
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