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Turtle chokes to death on plastic, washes ashore Phuket beach

Turtle chokes to death on plastic, washes ashore Phuket beach

PHUKET: A Hawksbill sea turtle that had choked to death on plastic was found washed ashore at Mai Khao Beach earlier today (July 11).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 11 July 2022, 07:18PM

Winai Sae-ew, Village Headman of Moo 4, Mai Khao, at the northern end of the island, was notified by a lifeguard at Mai Khao Beach at about 8am that a dead turtle had been found washed ashore by the strong waves currently pounding the west coast of the island.

Mr Winai arrived at the beach to confirm the find, adn learned firsthand that the turtle had been dead for some time and begun to decompose.

Sorasak Rananan, chief of Sirinath National Park and fellow park officers were called and soon arrived to examine the remains of the turtle.

The park officers found a piece of plastic still protruding from the turtle’s mouth. The plastic had become lodged in the turtle’s throat.

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The officers measured the turtle before burying it near the beachfront.

Later today, at about 1:30pm, lifeguards at Mai Khao Beach discovered another turtle, this one a small hatchling that had been pushed ashore by the strong surf.

The baby turtle was handed over to officers from Sirinath National Park to care for until the hatchling is strong enough to be released back to the sea.

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maverick | 12 July 2022 - 10:11:15

Global problem - very sad as a diver I see first hand what we are doing to the environment education, education, education

harald | 12 July 2022 - 10:07:16

trash from many farang too and not only trash from thailand

JohnC | 12 July 2022 - 08:55:14

@christy. Yes it is very sad but Thailand alone cannot be blamed for this. Every country in the world causes plastic pollution, on top of all the other types. We as a species are ultimately responsible for what we are doing to our only home. Greedy, selfish, inconsiderate humans wiping out the planet. Aren't we a wonderful breed!

christysweet | 12 July 2022 - 00:23:30

TRASH LAND  trashland TRASH LAND trashland TRASH LAND trashland trash everywhere. A lazy, careless populace is why 


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