The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 6, 1971 · Page 49
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Island's Only Income Is Huge Turtle (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service TAGANAK, Philippines - The ponderous creatures that have given their name to the Turtle Islands emerge, singly, from the Sulu Sea after dark and heave themselves across the stretch of yellow sand toward the beach grass under the tall coconut palms. Exhausted when they have traversed about 50 feet, they collapse onto a spot and rest, then each begins to dig. Its flippers churn furiously for a minute or two, and once again it lies still, breathing heavily. After about an hour of digging and resting, the hole is the size of the animal, about 5 feet by 3, and about 3 feet deep. For about 15 minutes, the turtle lays its eggs, well over 100 of .them. Then the wild churning of sand resumes, as the animal covers the eggs. It rests again, turns slowly, and crawls back down to the sea. From June to September, the turtles bring to the local government of this impoverished island and the six islands and islet"; of the group, off the northeastern tip of Borneo, its only source of income. The local administration, which rims the seven islands, is the sole owner of the eggs, a dubious delicacy greatly prized by those who prize them at all. Looking like ping pong balls, the eggs have a rubbery shell Hutchinson News Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1971 Page DRUG CENTERS ANNUAL ORIGINAL /MILLION DOLMR S/4LE VIEWED through the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, merchant marine ships anchored in San Francisco Bay make a pretty picture. They (Hutchinson News-UPI Telephoto) were tied up at anchor as a direct result of the West Coast dock strike which has tied up ports for 91 days. that indents wherever it is touched. No amount of cooking will cause the white to congeal or the yolk to taste like anything but overripo fish. The municipal clerk-collector, who has nothing else to collect, exacts 15 pesos (about $2.20) per 1,000 eggs gathered by his em­ ployes, who rise with the sum to poke sticks into promising spots along the beaches. In a good year, that process may net $1,600. Besides the visiting turtles, there are about 300 permanent residents, members of a Moslem tribe knows as Bajaos, or Sea Gypsies. They eke out a minimal living from fish and coconut. The only other residents are a squad of marines, two members of the military constabulary and one teacher. They share the hope of speedy relief duty here, although the teacher, after more than two years here, is less hopeful. At night, from this island with no light, no roads, no cars, no bicycles, no movies, no shops, no bars and no girls except inaccessible, timid Moslem maidens, the marines and the others look wistfully at the bright lights of Sandakan, in Sabah, a lyialay- sian part of Borneo, curse and talk of Manila. 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