UPDATE: Massive Dead Leatherback Sea Turtle in Phang Nga Found with Unlaid Eggs Inside

Phang Nga –

A huge leatherback sea turtle that was found dead entangled in a fishing net on a beach in the Thai Mueang district was found with 136 unlaid eggs inside.

Our previous story

A fishing net was found entangled around the turtle which the park officials believe is the cause of death.

Now for the update:

An autopsy was conducted by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) on the leatherback sea turtle. The cause of death was drowning because it had become entangled in a fishing net. Its lungs were severely damaged.

They found 136 eggs inside the mother turtle’s ovaries. The DMCR said that this is an important loss for the marine species. The leatherback sea turtle is at risk of extinction and is listed as a protected animal in Thailand.

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.