Here’s our iso-motivation sorted for the day — 200 green turtle hatchlings beelining it to the ocean on Banyan Tree Samui’s secluded beach! So tiny. So focused. So downright adorable! Emerging under the protective gaze of the resort’s resident marine biologist, Thepsuda Loyjiw, you can watch their extreme cuteness here.
“It was heartwarming to watch the baby turtles being born, and then scurrying to the sea,” says Loyjiw, who has been part of the team keeping watch over several nests for the last two months. “Ever since the mother turtle laid her eggs on our beach, we have been protecting them from predators such as birds and monitor lizards,” she adds.
While it’s extremely rare for a giant green sea turtle to lay eggs so close to a tourist area, Banyan Tree’s sands are special. Located at the southeastern tip of Koh Samui, the beach is sheltered in a cove, flanked by coral reefs, and isolated from busy neighbouring beaches.
The tropical sanctuary has already been on our eco radar this year when they revealed their impressive path to ‘plastic free’ for 2020.