Giant leatherback turtle found injured in Gulf of Thailand

leatherback turtle

A giant 50-year-old leatherback turtle was found injured in a beach of Pak Phanang district in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat (See Nakhon Si Thammarat Hotels) in the Gulf of Thailand (See Thailand Hotels) .

The turtle was found with scratches and abrasion in its shell, paddles and all body parts, but the turtle was reported to remain healthy. The turtle is now under care of provincial fishery staff members and will be sent to Phuket (See Phuket Hotels) for rehabilitation for about one month before being released back to the sea accordingly.

Leatherback turtles are endangered species in the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea. The turtle is rarely found in the Gulf of Thailand side, and a recent presence was in the eastern province of Rayong (See Rayong Hotels) many years ago.