Oil stains were found on several beaches in Thalang along with a baby sea turtle that appeared to have been impacted by the oil.
The head of the Sirinat National Park, Mr. Sorasak Rananan, told the Phuket Express on Friday (August 4th) that oil stains were found along beaches in the north of Phuket which was Nai Yang Beach, Mai Khao Beach, Nai Thon Beach, and Layan Beach.
Officials from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and the Phuket Environment Office inspected the beaches in question. Samples of oil were collected to investigate the source and the oil stains were immediately cleaned from the beaches.
A baby green sea turtle was also found covered with oil stains. The sea turtle was taken to the Sireetarn Marine Endangered Animals Rescue Center for further medical treatment.
As of press time, the cause of the oil was unknown and still under investigation.