SUBJECT :As a cool breeze swept the beach near Uppada Kothapalli, Olive Ridely hatchlings began their new journey into the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday. 

Nature lovers join hands with forest personnel in releasing the tiny turtles

By - K.N. Murali Sankar

Kakinada, April 24, 2019: As a cool breeze swept the beach near Uppada Kothapalli, Olive Ridely hatchlings began their new journey into the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.

One of the six in situ conservation centre for arranged by the district forest officials abutting the shore turned into a hub of activity, with a battery of officials and nature lovers turning up for the evening. Black and measuring just a few inches, the hatchling made their way into the gushing water after their release into the beach.

Personnel from the Forest Department brought hundreds of little ones in special trays and handed them over to the officials for the release. Having their orgin in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the Olive Ridely turtles come to the shores of the Bay of Bengal only to lay their eggs between December and April every year.Though Gahirmatha in Odisha is the preferred location for their nestling, many turtle stop by the intermediate beaches, lay their eggs and return to their source location.

Each female digs a sand pit, lays 90 to 120 eggs and promptly close the pit before leaving the shore. The turtle do not protect the eggs from predators such as dogs and jackals. This makes the role of the Forest Department important, and it has been taking care of the conservation part.

Conservation locations

“We have arranged six in situ conservation locations in the district, from where about 1.75 lakh hatchlings are expected to be released into the Bay of Bengal,” said Kartikeya Misra, District Collector.

“The Olive Ridley turtle come here by Christmas every year. Owing to the cyclone Phethai, there has been a three-week delay this year and the nesting began only after Pongal,” said Anant Shankar, while observing that the rekease would be continued in May too.


Source: The Hindu