One of the positive side effects of the coronavirus lockdowns and impact on human society is the resurgence of nature and animal species due to reduced activity by people.
Marine life, in particular, has made a comeback over the past weeks and months as Thailand’s beaches and water remained mostly free of activity with dugongs, dolphins, and turtles appearing along Thailand’s coasts.
Now, a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle has selected a beach that is usually packed with tourists and people on Koh Samui island to lay her eggs.
The turtle had been implanted with a digital chip, allowing veterinarians to track her to the island beach where she lay 80 eggs.
Hawksbill turtles have been steadily decreasing in numbers due to a now illegal trade for their shells. However, this female turtle provides great hope for a recovery in numbers.
On Koh Samui alone, turtles laying eggs have been recorded more than 12 times over the past four months.
This particular Hawksbill is estimated to be around 30 years old and in very good health.
Source: Bangkok Post