35 leatherback turtles hatch on Tha Sai beach, Phang Nga

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Bangkok – The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources reported that 35 newly hatched leatherback turtles were born in their nest on Tha Sai beach in Phang Nga province on Saturday (Feb 23).

The Director-General of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Jatuporn Buruspat, said officials at the center for monitoring the leatherback turtle situation on Tha Sai beach were initially concerned that all the newly hatched turtles did not emerge from the sand on Sunday. The officials then decided to dig them out.

Mr. Jatuporn noted that leatherback turtles only choose quiet, non-polluted areas to nest, indicating that Tha Sai beach is peaceful and clean.

He said Thailand has 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.