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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qj2nV0zXz4&feature=related

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Photo Credit: screenshot from Youtube video

114 comments

Maica B.
Maica B.2 years ago

Yeah - we love turtles!

Maica B.
Maica B.2 years ago

Yeah - we love turtle!!

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Einstien Lost2 years ago

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Great news - thanks!

Sheila Stevens
Sheila S.3 years ago

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

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

Hooray for the Thai Navy, indeed!

David V.
David V.4 years ago

great news.....wish them well

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

This is wonderful news! Thank you!

Ness Watson
Kezia W.4 years ago

absolutely brilliant and inspiring

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

Animals = 1

Yahoooooooo!