World Turtle Room, 02/05/2019
Rare sea turtle returns to Phangnga, first in 23 years
An olive ridley sea turtle, or tao ya , was found laying eggs on a beach in this southern province on Saturday, in the first such reported sighting in 23 years.
Mongkhol Liewwiriyakul, head of Khao Lampee-Hat Thai Muang National Park in Phangnga province, said he and park staff went to Bo Dan beach in Thai Muang district after being alerted at around 6.50am on Saturday.
Traces of a turtle’s presence were found in the area outside the national park. Officials dug a hole about 25 centimeters deep and found many eggs of an olive ridley sea turtle, said Mr Mongkhol.
A total of 81 eggs were found, each about 3-4cm in diameter. They were taken to a centre monitoring turtles laying eggs at Wat Tha Sai, where they will take about 45 days to hatch naturally. The hatchlings will then be handed over to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to care for before they are released to the sea, said the national park chief.
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