A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle speciesfood and increasingly unsuitable natural environments.
“That's why so many people are upset,” Pratom said. “I hope police can bring those thieves to justice. They have to know that those turtle eggs are not food, and they mean a lot both Thailand and the world."
The area around Thai Muang Beach, where the nest was discovered, has long been known as a egg-laying area and hosts a turtle sanctuary run by the government's Phang-nga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center.
The regional national park office offers a reward of up to 20,000 baht ($660) for anyone discovering a new turtle nest on the beaches of Phang-nga and neighboring Phuket in order to facilitate their protection.