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Turtle conservation on Ko Tao

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Ko Tao may be named after the turtle, but this is due to the island’s shape, rather than an abundance of real live turtles. There is however a place you can see them – and support a worthy cause while you are at it.

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Research suggests that there once were quite a few turtles coming to Ko Tao’s beaches to nest, but as the number of visitors rose over the years, turtle numbers declined. The island does see still see three species of turtles – Green, Hawksbill, and Olive Ridley – and if you're diving or snorkelling (and in luck) you may well see one.

In an ideal world. Photo taken in or around Turtle conservation on Ko Tao, Ko Tao, Thailand by Ayesha Cantrell.

In an ideal world. Photo: Ayesha Cantrell

As a part of a turtle conservation project, rather than being released when still babies, turtles are instead kept for a year in simulated natural conditions through a process called "head-starting". The aim of this is to reduce the mortality of juvenile turtles by essentially releasing a one-year old healthy turtle rather ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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