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17 marine life sculpture by UMT, a new attraction at Dapo Pata

Last Update: 02/10/2019

KUALA NERUS, Oct 2 -- A series of 17 various marine life sculpture by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) located at the Dapo Pata Uptown Kontena was now the latest tourist attraction at Tok Jembal beach, here.

More interestingly, the sculpture project on the beach was another form of transfer of knowledge by the university to the local community and tourists to appreciate the country's marine heritage, where visitors to the site could find information about the marine life by scanning the QR code on the sculptures using their smartphone

"They can also view the videos and more pictures of the marine species on their smartphones. It is an example of a relaxed interactive learning for the community.

"This is UMT's pilot project in Dapo Pata. We will be creating more sculptures such as these on other beach and making it as a new source of attraction and information for tourists in Terengganu," Faculty of Science and Marine Environment (UMT) lecturer Dr Effi Helmy Ariffin told Bernama, here today.

Among the marine life sculptures on display were duskytail grouper (kerapu ekor gelap), spotted sea catfish (ikan duri tompok), various types of sea worms, northern red snapper (kakap merah) and orange-spotted grouper (balong or kerapu bintik jingga).

He noted that the project was the brainchild of several UMT researchers who discovered a new ecosystem of marine life which was believed to be expanding after severe erosion along Tok Jembal beach and around UMT over the past few years.

He added that whenever the visitors shared pictures of the sculptures on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube as well as uses the UMT, Dapo Pata and Terengganu hashtags, they could share the research data such as shoreline changes, wave conditions and tides.



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