Near-extinct turtle lays egg in Thandwe, Rakhine, as good news for New Year

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Photo: KIFCA

Kyeintali Inshore Fisheries Co-management Association (KIFCA) said an egg laid by a nearly extinct leatherback turtle in Kyeintali, Thandwe district, Rakhine state, is being preserved naturally and it is good news for New Year 2024.

It laid the egg near zone (3) of Kyeintali coastal co-management area on the night of 30 December, a KIFCA official said.

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“The leatherback turtle is big and has a lower spawning rate than other species. It is getting quite rare among five turtles’ species seen in Myanmar. It is good news for New Year,” he said.

This turtle egg is twice the size of an ordinary egg.

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Photo: KIFCA

“Normal turtle eggs are 2 cm by 3 cm. But, this leatherback turtle’s egg is about 6 cm. So, it is almost twice as big. The mother could be an old turtle,” he said.

Turtle species such as green turtle, hawkbill turtle, loggerhead turtle, leatherback turtle and olive ridley turtle can be seen in Myanmar.

With MBF’s guidance and support, partners like DoF, RCA, KIFCA and locals are working together to conserve the turtle nesting site in a natural way amidst the current difficulties.



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