Nests of rare leatherback sea turtles are returning to now deserted beaches in Thailand – the largest number recorded in 20 years, according to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre.
Environmental authorities discovered 11 turtle nests within the last six months, while no such nests had been found for the previous five years when tourists thronged the beaches.
Last month, staff at a national park in the southern province of Phanga Nga, bordering the Andaman Sea, found 84 hatchlings after monitoring eggs for two months.
Leatherbacks, who lay their eggs in dark and quiet areas, are the world’s largest sea turtles. They are considered endangered in Thailand, and listed as a vulnerable species globally by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, told Reuters: “This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans.
“If we compare to the year before, we didn’t have this many spawn, because turtles have a high risk of getting killed by fishing gear and humans disturbing the beach.”
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