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    Thieves steal eggs from rare leatherback turtle nest in Phang-nga

    Late Friday night or early this morning, thieves stole most of the eggs from the nest of a rare leatherback turtle, which had come ashore in Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang national park in Thailandís southern coastal province of Phang-nga to lay.


    Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a well-known marine scientist and chair of a working committee on rare marine species, said in his Facebook post today that he was very angry about the theft because it means the loss of the rare turtles, which should have hatched in the national park.


    He said that park officials searched the beach from 4.30am to 9.30am today and found traces of a female leatherback, but could not locate the turtle and discovered a nest containing only two unviable eggs.


    Thon said he did not blame the park officials, noting that the beach is about 20 kilometres long and there was no way for them to know where the turtle would lay its eggs.


    Since the leatherback turtle is a protected species, he said that the Wildlife Protection Act imposes 3-15 years imprisonment and a fine of between 300,000-1.5 million baht for the theft and/or illegal possession of turtle eggs.


    Thon disclosed that, since last year, leatherback turtles came ashore to nest twice, each time laying about 50 eggs.

    https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thieves...-in-phang-nga/

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    Christ, that didn't take long Kitt. You only posted a few weeks back about the euphoria of them nesting there again..truly sad.

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    Probably on their way to some chinky wanker's restaurant I expect.

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    must have been the Burmese 2,out for the night.

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    Phang Nga offers 100,000 baht reward for information on stolen leatherback turtle eggs

    PHANG NGA(NNT) - Phang Nga has offered a reward of 100,000 baht to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the person or people who stole eggs of a leatherback turtle.


    National park officials found traces of a leatherback turtle which had laid eggs on Thai Muang beach, Lam Kaen subdistrict, Thai Muang district, Phang Nga province, on the night of January 3, 2020. A thief stole most of the eggs from the nest of the rare turtle and the officials discovered the nest containing only two unviable eggs.


    Phang Nga Governor Chamroen Thipphayaphongthada disclosed that he had ordered the Thai Muang Chief District Officer, police officers and related agencies to expedite the search for the culprits for prosecution. The Sea Turtle Conservation Fund, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and local leaders have offered a reward of 100,000 baht to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of those reponsible.


    The Governor of Phang Nga has called on people to preserve all types of sea turtles and stop collecting, selling and buying all kinds of turtle eggs.


    Mr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, Deputy Dean for Special Affairs and Public Relations at Kasetsart University, who is an environmental activist, posted on Facebook saying that the leatherback turtle is a protected species in Thailand and that the Wildlife Protection Act imposes a 3-15 year prison sentence and a fine of between 300,000-1.5 million baht for the theft and/or illegal possession of its eggs. He has called on anyone who has any information on the theft to notify the Turtle Conservation Fund’s officials immediately.


    He also said that leatherback turtles are among the rarest animals in Thai seas. None have been found alive during the last 5-6 years. Only their bodies with marine waste inside were found. Last year, more than 130 leatherback turtles were hatched. This year, leatherback turtles came ashore to nest twice and it is expected that about a hundred leatherback turtles resulted.


    http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news/de...00106151420281

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    And the turtles are not spared. Such a shame.

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