Phang-nga – February 5, 2024, Mr. Prarop Plaeng-ngan, Chief of Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang National Park, along with the Phuket Marine National Park Research Center 2, monitored the hatching of leatherback turtle eggs. The incubation period for these turtle eggs is 58-59 days. On February 4, 2024, at 10:45 pm, some of the leatherback sea turtle hatchlings emerged from their eggs and made their way out of the nest, totaling 6 individual baby sea turtles.

Subsequently, on February 5, 2024, at 8 pm, the leatherback sea turtle hatchlings began to emerge from the nest and made their way down to the sea, with the last one entering the sea at 11.02 pm. The total number of hatchlings was 61, and there were 3 hatchlings with visible yolk sacs on their bellies that had not yet closed. These 3 individuals were taken to the ICU Box for rehabilitation before being released into the sea. In total, there were 70 hatchlings.

Officials have conducted an inspection of the nesting site and discovered 10 unfertilized eggs and 2 eggs with dead embryos. The hatching rate is calculated at 97.22%, which is considered a very high hatching rate. This is deemed a worthwhile and anticipated outcome.

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