Khram Island, Thailand, June 17, 2009–A Thai Navy sailor holds a baby albino green sea turtle at a nursery for the reptiles, which are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
These babies turtle will live in this pond at Khram island, about 30 km (19 miles) from Pattaya, east of Bangkok, Thailand. Once the baby turtles’ shells are larger and strong enough to protect them from various predators, the young turtles will be released to the sea.
The Thai Navy hatch and raise about 15,000 green turtles and hawksbill turtles annually at the navy’s conservation center. The navy will keep watch over these endangered turtles for about six months before releasing them into the sea.
Thank you for your service. The Thai Navy is setting a great example for how the military can be of more sservice to our living planet.
Image and Excerpts courtesy of News.nationalgeographic.com/Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters/news/2009/06/photogalleries/week-in-news-pictures-136/index.html
Excerpts courtesy of English.sina.com/life/p/2009/0623/250680.html