Turtle nest discovered on Koh Phra Thong beach, Phang Nga

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The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Region 6 office in Thailand has reported the discovery of a turtle nest on Koh Phra Thong island, located off the coast of Kuraburi District in Phang Nga province.

Yesterday, a team of DMCR officials, along with a village chief assistant from Moo 3 Baan Koh Ra, inspected the turtle nest situated at Fai Wab Bay. Based on the tracks left in the sand, the officials estimated the turtle’s size to be 130 centimetres from one flipper tip to another, with a shell approximately 40 centimetres wide. However, the officers did not speculate on the species of the turtle that laid the eggs.

According to a DMCR report, the exact number of eggs in the nest is yet to be determined, but it was observed that the nest is 51 centimetres deep and the eggs measure approximately 3.9 centimetres in length. Given that the nest has been positioned high enough above the high tide mark, the officials decided not to disturb it further, allowing the eggs to hatch naturally.

The local authorities and members of the DMCR’s Marine Protection Volunteer Network will now monitor the nest to ensure the eggs remain undisturbed throughout the incubation period. This discovery comes as a positive sign for the efforts towards protecting and conserving marine life in the region.

With the increasing global awareness of environmental conservation and wildlife protection, such findings are crucial in ensuring the continuation of efforts in preserving these species that are vital for the overall health of the marine ecosystem. The involvement of local communities and volunteers in conserving these natural habitats demonstrates the growing importance of collaborative endeavours on national and international levels.

The discovery of this turtle nest highlights the continued efforts being made towards marine conservation in Thailand. By working together, local communities, conservation organisations, and government officials can ensure these species are protected and allowed to thrive in their natural environments.

Phuket News

Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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