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89 leatherback turtle eggs moved to safe area on beach


A mother leatherback sea turtle laid 93 eggs at a beach in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, on Monday.

89 leatherback turtle eggs moved to safe area on beach

Eighty-nine of the eggs have since been carefully moved to a safe area on the beach, whilst four had broken.
The enormous leatherback laid her eggs on Kuek Kak Beach in Khao Lak on Monday morning.
Four eggs were found broken when officials from the Department of Marine and Costal Resources (DMCR) went to inspect the laying area. 
The other 89 have now been moved to a safe area 30 metres from where the mother turtle laid her eggs on the beach, and out of the way of any possible foot traffic.

89 leatherback turtle eggs moved to safe area on beach
Officials say it will take about 45-60 days for the eggs to hatch. 
DMCR officials believe that in the next 10 days, the mother sea turtle will return to the same area to lay more eggs.
Six years ago, a leatherback was found laying eggs in the same location. 
The DMCR is paying close attention to the local marine environment and beach-cleaning. They say the sea turtles are always misunderstanding plastic bags for jellyfish, and therefore ingesting them. 
Leatherback turtles are an endangered species.

89 leatherback turtle eggs moved to safe area on beach

Source: thethaiger.com

Published : December 18, 2018

By : The Thaiger