Sick sea turtle rescued on beach in Wichit

Wichit –

A sick sea turtle has been rescued at a beach near a hotel in Wichit yesterday (May 23rd).

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office was notified by a hotel staffer in the Wichit sub-district in Mueang Phuket district that a sea turtle was found on a beach near a hotel.

They arrived at the beach to find the green turtle. It is 49.5 centimeters long and 46.5 centimeters wide. It weighs 10.7 kilograms. The DMCR officials said the turtle was still young and cannot identify its gender.

The turtle was thinner and smaller than it should be. Shipworms and seaweed were found covered on the turtle. Its front and back flippers were injured.

The turtle was taken to the Sireetarn Marine Endangered Animals Rescue Center in the Phuket Marine Biological Center, Cape Panwa in Wichit for treatment and is expected to make a recovery.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.