START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
2,497,722 people care about Environment & Wildlife

1,000 Critically Endangered Turtles Swim To Freedom In Thailand (Video)

1,000 Critically Endangered Turtles Swim To Freedom In Thailand (Video)

Good news for turtles! Recently Care2 reported that special sanctuaries for leatherback turtles had been set up both off the west coast of the U.S. and on a stretch of Puerto Rico’s north coast.

Now comes news that the Thai Navy has developed a special program to prevent the extinction of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle; since 1992, they have been releasing around 11,000 of these turtles every year.

As Commander Kitti Wongrak, Chief Public Relations officer for the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, says in the video below:

“The number of sea turtles in Thailand and around the world is continually decreasing. Female turtles lay eggs on the beach where there are no human residents, but development projects and tourism expansion are threatening the species.”

The Thai navy collects hawksbill eggs laid in a conservation area, nurturing the baby turtles before releasing them back into nature.

You can watch as Thai Navy officials on August 1 released 980 of these critically endangered hawksbill turtles into the Gulf of Thailand at Sattahip, about 124 miles from Bangkok, as part of its campaign to protect them from extinction.

Bravo for the Thai Navy!

Related Stories

Care2 Success! Leatherback Turtles Protected In Puerto Rico

Endangered Leatherback Turtles To Be Protected

Long, Slow Death Of A Sea Turtle

Read more: , , , , , , ,

Photo Credit: screenshot from Youtube video

quick poll

vote now!

Loading poll...

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

114 comments

+ add your own
4:20PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

Yeah - we love turtles!

4:19PM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

Yeah - we love turtle!!

5:03AM PDT on Mar 21, 2014

Highly vigorous blog, I liked that much.
backpacking in thailand

4:41AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Great news - thanks!

8:24PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

After just reading the sad story of the death of a leatherback turtle in China, this is really great news!

9:37PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Hooray for the Thai Navy, indeed!

8:25PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

great news.....wish them well

9:41AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

This is wonderful news! Thank you!

8:30AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

absolutely brilliant and inspiring

10:00AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Animals = 1

Yahoooooooo!

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

Substituting a greenhouse problem for another greenhouse problem? Where is the solution? On a positive…

Good grief, Darlene...............DROP IT, already! The subject about alternative/holistic medicine…

Thanks for reposting this amazing story..:-)

meet our writers

Kristina Chew Kristina Chew teaches ancient Greek, Latin and Classics at Saint Peter's University in New Jersey.... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.