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Mon, 29 July 2019

40 Green Sea Turtles Released in Phuket in Honour of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's Birthday

Forty green sea turtles were released into the wild from the beach in front of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on Saturday, in celebration of H. M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's birthday.

The sea turtles, which are seen as a symbol of longevity, will now live in the ocean.

Forty green turtles were released into the wild from the beach in front of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in celebration of H. M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's birthday. The sea turtles, which are seen as a symbol of longevity, will now live in the ocean. Click to enlarge.

The turtles were hatched from eggs and collected by the Third Naval Area Command from Similan 1 Island. They were nurtured and raised before they were releases by the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) and Sea Turtles Conservation Center, Phang Nga Naval Base.

All monies raised through donations during the event, went towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: The Phuket Marine Biological Centreís injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Commandís Turtle Hatchery Program.

Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa presided over the release ceremony and welcomed participants and guests of honour including Mr. Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket Governor; Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Deputy Director General of Department of Marine and Coastal Resources; Khun Kanokkrittika Kritwutthikorn, Director of TAT Phuket Office; Captain Pornprom Sakultem, Deputy Director of Operations Division, Third Naval Area Command; Mr. Natthawat Nuisrirama, Superintendent of Sirinart National Park; Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of Phuket Marine Biological Center.

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