PHANG NGA (NNT) - The southern coastal province of Phang Nga is to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor leatherback sea turtle nesting around the clock.
Officials at Khao Lampi–Hat Thai Mueang National Park in Phang Nga province are to install six cameras to prevent theft of leatherback sea turtle eggs. Live footage can be viewed on www.dmcr.go.th.
The national park officials has also built bamboo sheds to protect the eggs from high tides. They have asked people to avoid entering the nesting areas because the may not hatch if they are turned or shaken. The leatherback sea turtles are expected to lay more eggs over the next 15 days.
Meanwhile, tourists caught a glimpse of some 40 spinner dolphins riding the waves near the coast of the Similan Islands in Khura Buri district, Phang Nga province. It was a memorable experience, thanks to the rich natural resources in the province.
The Manager of Wow Andaman Company Limited, Lertsak Ponklin, said the ecosystem of the Andaman Sea has greatly improved, especially in the Mu Ko Similan National Park. The site was recently closed for five months for the ecosystem to recover. Mr. Lertsak said his company constantly reminds tour guides to tell tourists not to feed or touch dolphins and other sea creatures, to help ensure a healthy marine ecosystem, because everyone must contribute to protecting the natural environment.