The number of rare leatherback sea turtles building nests on Thailand beaches has reached a two-decade high with the area empty of tourists due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Phuket Biological Center.
Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center, told Reuters the 11 turtle nests authorities have found on the beaches since last November are the largest number in about 20 years. One turtle nest contains around 60-120 eggs which take around 60 days to hatch.
“This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans,” Kittiwatanawong told Reuters, noting no such nests had been found in the preceding five years. “If we compare to the year before, we didn’t have this many spawn, because turtles have a high risk of getting killed by fishing gear and humans disturbing the beach.”