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Phuket lifeguards saved an Olive Ridley sea turtle which they found trapped in a fishing net at Mai Khao Beach yesterday afternoon (June 7). Luckily, the turtle had only suffered a slight cut to one of its flippers.
After safely removing the turtle from the net it was taken to the Marine and coastal Resources Research Development Institute where an official stated that it is possible the turtle had been trapped in the net for three days. The turtle is still being cared for at the institute.
In previous years Olive Ridleys were often found along the Andaman coast where they settled to lay their eggs. However, the sight is not so common nowadays and it is estimated that more than 30 injured turtles are washed up along the coast each year.