Millions of baby turtles break out of shells

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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