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    Phuket - Leatherback Turtles return to lay eggs

    KARON: A giant leatherback turtle laid a nest of 103 eggs yesterday on Karon Beach, where a sea turtle has not been sighted laying eggs for more than 10 years.

    Karon Municipality officials had the task of recovering the eggs as local villagers had taken them all in hopes of selling them as a delicacy. All but two broken eggs were recovered and taken to incubate at the Phuket Marine Biology Center (PMBC).

    Ittipol Sangkaew, Deputy Mayor of Karon Municipality, explained that the eggs sell for about 60 baht each. “But after we explained to the villagers that we should let the eggs hatch so that the next generation can see real, live sea turtles – not just pictures of them – they agreed to give them back,” he said.

    “When I was young I saw turtles very often, but I haven’t seen this kind of turtle for 10 years,” K. Ittipol said.

    “The turtle will likely return within the next 10 days to lay another clutch of eggs. Each turtle lays between 500 and 600 eggs at a time, so we have posted security guards along the beachfront to protect the eggs and the turtle, and to allow people to watch from a safe distance as she lays her eggs,” he added.

    PMBC Biologist Kanjana Adulyanukosol said that the eggs should hatch in about 60 days. “After the eggs hatch we will take care of the hatchlings for about a month before we release them back to sea, which should be at Karon Beach because it is near the open sea,” she said.

    “I’m not sure if all of these eggs are healthy, however, because they were moved by people and may not hatch,” she added.

    K. Kanjana explained that turtles are known to lay eggs at only three beaches in Phuket: Mai Khao Beach, Nai Harn Beach and Karon Beach.

    “During the past 10 years, however, fewer turtles have been laying eggs on Phuket beaches because the beachfronts have become occupied by people and businesses have been built nearby.”
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    "local villagers" fucking nimrods the lot of them. They should be castrated

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    stupid turtles, going to Phuket

    are turtles plants?

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    Leatherback turtle eggs hatch

    Leatherback turtle eggs hatch


    KARON: Seventy-six leatherback turtles have hatched so far out of the 103 eggs laid on Karon Beach in December.

    Before December, leatherbacks had not laid eggs on Karon Beach for more than 10 years. If the turtles are lucky at least 1% of the hatchlings will survive to adulthood and return to lay eggs.

    Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) Veterinarian Sontaya Manawattana told the Gazette that 36 eggs starting hatching on Friday, 37 on Saturday and yesterday three more hatched.

    “About 80% of the eggs from the nest will hatch and we release the turtles at Karon Beach, where the eggs were laid, the same day that they hatch. The turtles will remember where they were released and will come back to lay eggs at Karon Beach again, if they survive,” K. Sontaya said.

    The turtles must be released in the evening at sunset so they will follow the setting sun into the sea, he added.

    “The chance that these turtles will survive and come back to lay eggs here is small because after they go into sea they might be eaten by another animal, but that is the cycle of life for leatherback turtles.

    “We try to care for them after they hatch but we haven’t had success with this type of turtle. They will die if we don’t release them into the sea,” K. Sontaya said.

    He added that leatherback turtle eggs take about 60 days to hatch and that a leatherback has to be about 15 to 20 years old before it is able to reproduce.

    The PMBC will continue to watch over the remaining 27 eggs and see how many eggs produce live offspring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helicopter View Post
    "local villagers" fucking nimrods the lot of them. They should be castrated
    think ur a bit harsh here matey, its more a lack of understanding and education i would think....

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