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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Hawksbill Turtles Spotted Laying Eggs on Ko Talu Island

On June 5, 2024, it was revealed that national park officials, along with the Siam Marine Resources Restoration Foundation, had successfully monitored the spawning activity of hawksbill turtles on Ko Talu in Bang Saphan Noi District, Prachuap Province. This joint effort reflects the continuous commitment to marine wildlife conservation in Thailand.

On the evening of June 4, at 7:50 p.m., officials discovered a mother turtle named “Mae Priang,” a natural-born turtle with microchip number 933.076400505267. Mae Priang laid her first nest of the year at the bay in the valley of Ko Talu, located at coordinates 47P 0560234E 1223850N, within the jurisdiction of Ao Siam National Park.

The officials measured Mae Priang and found her body to be 77 centimeters wide and 89 centimeters long, with a nesting hole 19 centimeters wide and 48 centimeters deep, located 9.50 meters from the sea. The nest contained 148 eggs. Given the location’s vulnerability to flooding by seawater, the nest was carefully relocated to the nursery pond of the Siam Marine Resources Restoration Foundation for protection against natural threats. The foundation, in collaboration with national park officials, will monitor and collect data around the clock to ensure the eggs’ safety.

The hawksbill turtle, scientifically known as Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), is a critically endangered species. It is listed as a protected wild animal under the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act of 2019 and is also included in Appendix 1 of the CITES Convention, highlighting the global significance of its conservation.

This collaborative conservation effort underscores the dedication of various organizations and authorities to protect and preserve Thailand’s marine wildlife. The active participants in this mission included the Director of the 3rd Conservation Area Management Office, the Siam Marine Resources Restoration Foundation, and other national park officials, who all played pivotal roles in ensuring the safety and future of these endangered marine creatures.

Author: sarahcb

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