THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Large leatherback turtle lays eggs on Thai Mueang Beach

Large leatherback turtle lays eggs on Thai Mueang Beach

PHUKET: A leatherback sea turtle measuring nearly two metres long was found laying eggs on Thai Mueang Beach, north of Phuket in Phang Nga province, yesterday evening (Nov 17).

marineanimalsenvironment
By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 18 November 2019, 12:13PM


Officers from Khao Lampi - Hat Thai Mueang National Park were called to the beach at 5:40pm after the mother leatherback was spotted nesting on the sand, explained Park Chief Mongkol Liwwiriyakul.

“It’s a rare occurrence. I have no idea why this turtle choose to nest while it was still daylight,” Chief Mongkol told The Phuket News.

Chief Mongkol estimated the turtle is more than 25 years old.

“The turtle measured 194 centimeters in length and 173 centimeters wide, and weighed about 200 kilograms,” he said.

The turtle laid 104 eggs, though 19 were believe infertile as they were smaller than normal, he added.

The remaining 85 eggs were taken into care so they could be kept in ideal conditions to hatch in about 55 to 60 days, Chief Mongkol said.

“We are all so excited when the day comes that they can be released into the ocean. If anyone sees a turtle nesting on a beach, please call us at 076-679134 so we can quickly go to protect the eggs and take care of them,” he urged.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Christy Sweet | 19 November 2019 - 07:57:43

With all the lighting on all the beaches all night long, the creature likely cannot tell the difference between night and day. Sad state of affairs when a turtle laying eggs is newsworthy.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Opinion: Safer drivers on the horizon

It seems like; an overall attitude “driving rules are here to be ignored “...(Read More)


American tourist flees mob amid fight with restaurant staff

@Nasa .Must be strange people over there in northern Europe if that is "Big news" for them...(Read More)


Navy calls in helicopter in search tourist, Thai woman missing on kayak

Let's hope they stopped off somewhere at a resort along the coast. Worrying for eveyone concer...(Read More)


Government calls on volunteers to battle plastic trash crisis

No foreigner should ever lift a finger to pick up a Thai's trash carelessly tossed on the side o...(Read More)


Tourists injured as van driver asleep at wheel runs red light, slams into another airport van

Thepkrassatri Rd is the most dangerous road on the island with more road deaths & accidents than...(Read More)


Motorists asked to ‘drive carefully’ as concrete sheets fall from Chalong Underpass walls

Don't underestimate the danger driving in narrow Chalong Underpass now. If a panel falls down i...(Read More)


Motorists asked to ‘drive carefully’ as concrete sheets fall from Chalong Underpass walls

A thinking Official. :-) To much moisture in underpass? Are the walls not built of sufficient wat...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Safer drivers on the horizon

You're along the right lines on both points. This is a step towards the sorely absent enforcemen...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Safer drivers on the horizon

This will not make the slightest difference, the key word is "enforcement" and that is sad...(Read More)