Thirty-five newly hatched leatherback turtles reluctant to leave their nests on Phang Nga’s Ta Sai Beach were given a hand finding their way to the sea on Sunday morning.
Marine and Coastal Resources Department officials had on Saturday noticed signs in the sand that the babies had hatched, but became concerned on Sunday after none had emerged.
“So, we decided to dig them out,” department director-general Jatuporn Buruspat said. “We’ve already released them into the sea.”
Jatuporn noted that leatherback turtles only choose quiet, non-polluted areas to nest, indicating that Ta Sai Beach was peaceful and clean.
“We have a convention on the conservation of marine turtles that 11 tourism and hospitality groups have signed, pledging that their activities will not affect turtle egg-laying areas,” he said. “We have to protect such a precious beach.”