Way back in 1958, the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve was first proposed as a nature conservation area by a group called the “Committee for the Preservation of Natural Beauty”. Since that time, both nature interest groups and even government reports have proposed that the Reserve be turned into some kind of park and conservation area. The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) made several representations to the state and federal governments to turn Pantai Acheh into a national park. It was on 4 April 2003 when Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve was finally declared the Penang National Park by the then deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Source: Penang Vacations
The lake we visited is known as Meromictic Lake which can only be found at Penang National Park, one of only 19 places around the world. ‘Mereomictic’ refers to the two layers of sea and river water which does not mix with each other. Fresh water is relatively lower in density as compared to the hypersaline sea water.
The Park is also home to many birds, reptiles, amphibians and of course the famous turtles, especially the Green turtles (Chelonia mydas), the Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), the Leatherback turtles and the Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate).
Famous for its seasonal meromictic lake, Pantai Kerachut is a popular picnic and camping site and famous turtle hatchery. Collecting of the turtles’ eggs is prohibited. Pantai Kerachut is the only beach where the Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas can be spotted. It is believed that the Green Turtle only migrate here for nesting as extensive algae are found around Penang Island. It is one of the largest sea turtle and the Penang National Park will ensure the continuity of the turtles visit.