Murderous turtle returns to scene of crime

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A male sea turtle set free five years ago after killing a female while in captivity astounded Sattahip locals when it returned to the scene of the crime to find another mate.

Residents watched April 9 as “Kaka,” in his early 20s, chased a similarly aged female turtle on the sand near the Water Police Bridge in Dongtan Bay.

Half a decade ago, Kaka killed a five-year-old green turtle while mating at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Fearing another attack, Royal Thai Navy administrators set the reptile free.

Kaka returns to Sattahip to mate, and hopefully won’t kill any more female turtles.Kaka returns to Sattahip to mate, and hopefully won’t kill any more female turtles.

Koh Khram, near the center, is the area’s main breeding ground for green turtles and attracts the shrinking number of wild turtles and tagged animals the conservation center has set free.