One of the only good things to come out of the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 was the way nature fought back leading to our Phuket beaches recovery and regeneration.
They were closed from March until June 9th. During this time we were able to walk alongside them and watch as the waters got clearer, the sand, pristine and the plants, animals and birds thrived. Here are some glimpses of our local beaches in their true glory along with a lovely tale about Thailands Leatherback turtles.
Perhaps most significantly the rare Leatherback Turtles have made a comeback, 11 nests have been found along the Phuket coastline, the highest number in 20 years.
According to Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong - Director, Phuket Marine Biological Centre:
“This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans, 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.”
The world's largest sea turtle, Leatherbacks are endangered in Thailand as well as being listed as a vulnerable species globally (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Naturally laying their eggs in quiet, dark areas they are scarce when too many people frequent the beaches. The nests have also been dug up in the past and eggs stolen... this crisis has raised awareness of Phuket's nature and beauty amongst local residents and hopefully the need to preserve these rare creatures has been instilled. READ MORE