About 25 percent of the corals around Koh Kra islands off Nakhon Si Thammarat province are bleaching, but officials are not concerned with the problem.
Ms Suthilak Rawiwan, director-general of Marine and Coastal Resources Department, said over the weekend that the coral bleaching around the Koh Kra islands is a normal incidence which occur every year, but the corals will gradually recover in June and the situation will return to normal in July.
She, however, disclosed that officials of the department had found traces of at least 12 nests of Green Sea Turtle on beaches Koh Kra Yai island. About 3,000 turtle eggs are found each year on the beaches.
Koh Kra islands are wellknown for their beautiful corals of several varieties, including A. aculeus which is found only in the Andaman sea and requires a lot of sunlight to stay alive. The corals cover a space of about 412 rai.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)