Thailand’s national upstream company PTTEP has donated specialist laser medical equipment to rapidly treat and heal the wounds of injured sea turtles before returning them to their natural habitat.

The donation was made to the Sea Turtle Hospital, under the auspices of the Royal Thai Navy’s Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

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Thailand is home to a variety of turtle species, including the endangered hawksbill and green species, and the country this year has also seen the largest number of leatherback sea turtle nests in two decades as the coronavirus pandemic has decimated its tourism industry.

The medical equipment was handed over to Rear Admiral Utai Chewasutti (pictured, fourth from right), Commander, Air and Coastal Defense Command at the donation ceremony held at the Royal Thai Navy’s Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Sattahip, Chonburi.