The Olive Ridley Turtle was found dead washed ashore at Kamala Beach on Friday (Aug 19).
Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Thailand: Large Turtle found dead at Kamala Beach
By Eakkapop Thongtub, 22nd August 2016;
Marine wildlife experts have yet to determine what killed a large Turtle found dead on Kamala Beach on Friday (Aug 19).
Local residents called Kusoldharm rescue workers in Patong after finding the Turtle’s remain washed up on the beach at 10:30am.
The remains were taken to Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC), where experts at the Rare Sea Animal Division are working on determining the animal’s cause of death.
“The Turtle was an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), about 10-15 years. It weighed about 17.5 kilogrammes,” said Dr Patcharaporn Gaewmong, a veterinarian at the PMBC.
“There were no wounds or injuries on the Turtle’s body, and we believe the Turtle died about two to three days before it washed ashore.
"We are working on what caused the Turtle’s death. Due to the condition of the remains, it is proving very difficult to figure this out,” she said.
Source: Phuket News