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Drone captures rare turtle laying eggs

Researchers use thermal imaging to keep track of leatherback in Phangnga

A thermal image taken from a drone video shows researchers standing near a leatherback sea turtle in Phangnga on Jan 14. (Department of Marine and Coastal Resources via Reuters)

PHANGNGA: Marine conservation officials have used thermal imaging equipment mounted on a drone to capture video of a leatherback sea turtle, the world’s largest turtle species, coming to shore to lay eggs.

Leatherback sea turtles are classified as vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with populations declining due to habitat loss, poaching, and plastic pollution.

The turtle spotted last week in the southern…

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