Millions of baby turtles break out of shells
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 18:33
  
Kendrapara: Millions of baby Olive Ridley marine turtles have emerged at Gahirmatha off Orissa's coast, wildlife officials said Sunday.

Newborn hatchlings have begun emerging from their nests at the nesting grounds at south eastern Nasi-2 islands of Gahirmatha marine sanctuary since last Saturday, officials said.

The wildlife officials of Bhitarkanika national park stationed at these nesting grounds were witnesses to the birth of the babies.

Emergence of hatchlings from egg shells is expected to continue for at least three more days in the one-km beach, the officials said.

The babies were literally jostling for space on the beach before their final plunge into the sea water, said Prasanna Kumar Behera, Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnaga wildlife (forest) division.

An estimated 1.86 lakh turtles had arrived en masse to lay eggs on February.

In the second phase of mass nesting, 1.70 lakh turtles had tuned up to lay eggs last month.

After the eggs are incubated under natural process, the hatchlings come out after 45/55 days.

The mortality rate of hatchlings is exceedingly high as one out of a thousand survives to grow into an adult.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 18:33


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