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The island is also home to a large number of dive centers, with over 50 dive shops operating on the island. The name Ko Tao means "Turtle Island" in Thai. The turtle is an important symbol for the island and its people; it appears on many local business logos and souvenirs, as well as being featured prominently in festivals such as Songkran (Thai New Year). It was once believed that a giant sea turtle lived at the bottom of nearby Ang Thong Marine Park; this has since been proven false by marine biologists who have discovered that there are no turtles living within or around Ko Tao's waters. However, sightings of sea turtles can still be made occasionally when visiting certain beaches along the southern coast during nesting season from March to July each year. Ko Tao was originally named Koh Nang Yuan ("Nang Yuan Island") after two small islands which lie off-shore from Ban Mae Haad: Koh Nang Yuan Yai (Big NangYuan) and Koh Nang Yuam (Little Nanguan).