A sea turtle – a sole survivor from a cluster of 87 eggs found at Koh Racha, south of Phuket, last year – is a hesitant swimmer and reluctant to head out to sea.
Yesterday veterinarians from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resource in Phuket and Phuket Marine Biological Centre brought the sea turtle to Koh Racha for release.
"Boon Rawd" (lucky survivor) was released along with four other sea turtles at Ao Patok yesterday. But Boon Rawd did not want to go to the sea while the other four sea turtles quickly swam into the Andaman waters.
Vets believed Boon Rawd is not yet familiar with the sea. The turtle kept trying to return to land. They believe Boon Rawd was finding it stressful as the beach was full of people and boats.
The turtle has been taken back to the centre to wait for another release date.