A sea turtle has been rescued on Kata Beach after being washed ashore yesterday (May 30th).
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket Office was notified by a hotel staffer of the distressed sea turtle near Kata Beach in the Mueang Phuket district.
The DMCR arrived at the beach to find an Olive Ridley Turtle. The turtle was 44 centimeters long, 46 centimeters wide and weighed 6.7 kilograms. The DMCR officials said the turtle was still young and could not identify its gender.
The turtle was dry as it was washed up on the beach by strong waves. Its front flippers were injured after apparently being entangled by broken fishing nets.
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 full recovery.