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| Last Updated:: 13/04/2019

950 Olive Ridley hatchlings released into sea






Wildlife officials on Friday released 950 Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings from the hatchery on Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar. A team led by head of the forest department H Malleshappa, chief wildlife warden Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, zoo director Yogesh Singh and Chennai wildlife warden C H Padma inspected the hatchery before releasing the hatchlings into sea.



A total of 350 nests have been identified during the ongoing season which began in January, said one of the volunteers of Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN). While the wildlife officials have identified 170 nests, the SSTCN has detected 180 of them. A total of nearly 40,000 eggs from these nests were collected and kept in the two hatcheries set up separately by the wildlife officials and the SSTCN. While the forest officials have so far released 13,000 hatchlings, the SSTCN has released 10,000 hatchlings.



Around 100 nests belong to the SSTCN, while the wildlife officials manage 110 nests. It will take at least a month for all the eggs to hatch. The season will come to an end by mid May. The SSTCN volunteers have stopped patrolling the beach in the night known as ‘turtle walk’. Apart from these two hatcheries, the forest officials have set up a hatchery in Pulicat and one in Kalpakkam. Nesting continues in both these places, wildlife officials said.




Time of India, 13 April, 2019, Chennai.